Billion 19 billion crossrail projects are ‘at risk’ without extra cash as London’s transport boss claims more money is needed this week to avoid a ‘doomsday scene’
- London boss Andy Bayford has written to the Department of Transportation for transportation
- It is expected to open in 2018, mainly from London, Berkshire to Essex via London
- According to the update, the railway known as Elizabeth Line is not expected until the first half of 2022.
Transport officials said the isolated crossrail project was at risk of becoming a ‘mothbald’ if the government did not provide more funding soon.
According to Sky News, Transport for London (TFL) boss Andy Byford has written to the Department of Transportation (DFT) saying a deal was needed to avoid a ‘doomsday scene’.
The turbulent line, from Berkshire to Essex via central London, was originally expected to open in December 2018 but has been delayed due to repeated delays.
A 19 19 billion crossrail project is ‘at risk without extra cash’ as the director of London Transport demands more funding for the scene to avoid the ‘scene of Doomsday’.
The restless line, from Berkshire to Essex via London, was originally scheduled to open in December 2018 but was delayed due to repeated delays (Figure, New Elizabeth Line at London’s Woolwich Station)
An update from Crossrail Limited at the end of August stated that the railroad, known as the Elizabeth Line, was not expected until the first half of 2022.
TFL boss Andy Byford (pictured) says the project will be in jeopardy if it doesn’t agree to funding
In the letter, Mr Byford said: “If there is no agreement this week, we will have no choice but to mumble the project and take alternative measures to complete it.
‘I’m sincerely hopeful we can avoid this kind of doomsday scene.’
London Mayor Sadiq Khan strongly supported the suspension of construction projects, including crossrails, during the first national lockdown in April to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
A government spokesman said: ‘The government is committed to the efficient completion of the project, which is fair to UK taxpayers and ensures London – as the primary beneficiary of crossrail – bears the additional costs.
‘We are working with the Greater London Authority and Transport for London to develop a funding solution to see the completion of the crossrail.
‘It is unfortunate that, unlike other construction projects, it decided to stop unnecessary crossrail work during the epidemic.’
The National Union Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) government has demanded that the TFL and its workers stop using it as ‘political football’ after speculation about further delays began.
Transport for London boss Andy Byford warns the Department of Transportation (DFT) that a deal was needed (file photo)
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘What is happening between the government and the TFL is nothing short of insulting.
‘As we approach London’s mayoral election next year it is clear that the government is using the TFL and our members as a political football.
Instead of committing to ‘Building Back Better’, they are donating vital funds to the TFL and playing games with workers’ livelihoods.
“London Transport and its workforce are vital to the economic recovery from Covid-19 and RMT is essential to the employment and livelihood of our members who are not afraid to do anything.”
A TFL spokesman said: “The TFL, the GLA and the government have all continued to discuss the additional funding needed to complete the crossrail project.”