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TSSA Calls For Public Inquiry Into Crossrail Costs

8 November 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called for a public inquiry into the escalating costs and delay of Crossrail - London's new east-west railway.

The comments come after Transport for London (TfL) announced that the project will not now open until 2021 and has incurred a further cost overrun that will take the total price to more than £18bn.

The latest delay was caused by the need for more time to develop signalling software and to get safety approvals for the railway. Crossrail was originally intended to start operating in 2018.

Cortes said: “There needs to be a public inquiry into how the costs for Crossrail have escalated in this manner and also why is it that software problems are still preventing services from running the central section.

“This is a vital piece of infrastructure which is badly needed to decongest a Tube network which is bursting at the seams.

“The government must urgently answer questions about whether their original estimates for the cost of this project were overly optimistic and whether penalty clauses for suppliers - such as the company responsible for its software and signalling systems - were fit for purpose.

“Londoners must not foot the bill for the delay in delivering this badly needed new rail line.” 

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