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Crossrail delays full opening for a year to protect scope and save costs

London mega-project Crossrail will be delivered a year late in a bid to protect the full scope of the scheme from government spending cuts.

In a statement, the Department for Transport (DfT) said that Crossrail would go ahead to the original scope, providing a railway between Maidenhead and Heathrow to the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

But it has now identified “substantial, engineering-led” savings by lengthening the delivery programme by around a year.

Crossrail is now set to be introduced in phases. “Crossrail will … be doing further work to optimise the scheme’s value for money, including reviewing the way in which services come into operation across the route to ensure that Crossrail services commence in a resilient and robust way,” said the DfT statement. “As a result, the funding envelope for the project will be reduced by around £1bn, while the scope of the project remains unaltered.” We now expect the project to cost no more than £14.5bn.

London mayor Boris Johnson, who had been working on the new plan with the government and Crossrail, said that “improved station and engineering solutions and a more efficient construction timetable” would see the central - mainly tunnelled - section delivered in 2018, with a phased introduction of the remaining sections.

Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan said today’s decision “removes any remaining doubt” about the future and scope of Crossrail.

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