Crossrail, London’s New East-West Railway, Delayed Until 2021 as Costs Mount

By Paul Riegler on 9 November 2019
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IMG_1024The planned opening of the London Crossrail, the city’s new east-west railway, will be further detailed to 2021, officials said Friday.

The Elizabeth line, as Crossrail will be called, is a 73-mile (117-kilometer) railway line that, when completed, will cross London from west to east.  In the west, the line will divide into two branches, namely to Reading and stations at Heathrow Airport, and in the east to Abbey Wood and Shenfield.

At the time the project was announced, the start date was December 2018.  That had since changed to April 2020 and then late 2020. The aim now is for the railway to open “as soon as practically possible in 2021,“ said Mark Wild, the CEO of Crossrail.

The new railway is Britain’s biggest infrastructure project in decades. The total cost was originally budgeted at £14.8 billion ($18.9 billion) and has risen with cost overruns to £18.25 billion.

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