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TSSA dismay at news of Crossrail delay

31 August 2018

Expressing his dismay at the news of Crossrail's delayed opening, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said,

"Londoners have waited decades for this vital railway to be build so a few months delay isn't going to be the end of world whatever inconvenience it will undoubtedly cause. This line was planned last century - originally proposed in 1940s and first feasibility study carried out in 1974 - and now almost two decades into this one its introduction is still facing delays.

"Perhaps the biggest negative effect of its postponement will be on the budget for Transport for London as a lot of revenue will now be foregone and additional investment will be needed to remedy whatever has gone wrong. This comes on top of the abolition by the Tories of TfL's operating grant. Hard to see the Mayor will be able to make ends meet.

"Frankly, today's announcement sums up the lack of ambition in our country when it comes to vital infrastructural investment. We must now also start building Crossrail 2 so we don't have to wait until the next century for its introduction. We must also get to the bottom of who or what has caused this delay.

"The Transport Committees of both the London Assembly and the House of Commons should hold hearings to find out what exactly has gone on."

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