CROSSRAIL COSTS RISE Crossrail costs will continue to climb


London’s Crossrail project will probably go even further over budget, according to a report by MPs.

Commuters have been “let down” by a programme that is well behind schedule, the Public Accounts Committee said and MPs said they were “sceptical” about the Department for Transport’s “ability to oversee major rail projects”.

In response, the Department for Transport said it had acted “swiftly and effectively” when problems at Crossrail became clear.

Construction on the Crossrail route began in 2009. It is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.

It has been officially named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen. When completed, it will serve 41 stations, connecting Reading, to the west of London, with Shenfield, to the east.