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Crossrail delays will have ‘significant economic impact’ says Bexley councillor

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 October 2018

The Crossrail train being tested (picture: TfL)

The Crossrail train being tested (picture: TfL)

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The delays to Crossrail will have a significant economic impact on Bexley residents, a councillor has warned.

Earlier this year it was confirmed the service would open in autumn 2019, nearly a year late, to allow for more testing.

Transport for London (TfL) said it would lose £20m in revenue, but the total cost of the delay could be even higher.

Locally, TfL has been warned that residents in the north of Bexley will have to bear the economic brunt of the botched launch.

Councillor Louie French, cabinet member for growth, told TfL how dissappointed the borough was at summer’s announcement.

He said at a transport meeting last night: “The delay does have an impact on residents in the north of the borough. Of course it has an impact on TfL’s finances.

“Residents will rightly question when the Mayor knew about the delays because it impacts not just those looking to travel, but residents’ opening businesses in the north of the borough, because of the economic impact it will have for them. We are not happy.”

The Elizabeth Line had been due to open in December but will now be launched next year to ensure “safe and reliable railway”.

The new line will run from Abbey Wood through Woolwich and connect London landmarks such as Canary Wharf and Heathrow.

Gary Nolan, representing Transport for London, said: “We were all disappointed that services are not being launched in December.

“In terms of when it became clear, it is helpful to know that there isn’t one thing that was the problem. There are a number of different issues with the programme, particularly around software.

“What we know is that Crossrail was reviewing the programme, and looking at the cumulative impact of the delays.

“Launching it in December wouldn’t have been safe. It was felt that the best thing to do was have a full period of testing.”

No further delays are anticiapted yet, according to TfL.

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