11 NOVEMBER 2019
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In a classic piece of burying the news, Crossrail put out a press release last Friday lunchtime updating the Elizabeth Line situation.
Mark Wild, the latest Crossrail chief executive said: “The Crossrail project has made good progress over recent months as the new plan to complete the Elizabeth Line is implemented by the supply chain.
“A key focus during 2019 has been finalising the stations, tunnels, portals and shafts. By the end of the year, Custom House, Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road stations will be complete and the project is on track to finish fit-out of the tunnels in January. The central section will be substantially complete by the end of the first quarter in 2020, except for Bond Street and Whitechapel stations, where work will continue”.
The release went on to say that during 2020 a trial running phase will begin followed by testing of the operational railway to ensure it is safe and reliable.
Wild then says: “The Elizabeth Line will open as soon as practically possible in 2021.
“The latest projections indicate a (cost) range of between £400m to £650m more than the revised funding agreed by the mayor, government and Transport for London in December 2018."
Not a mention of the proposed London City Airport-for-Silvertown Station.
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