Crossrail’s extension to Reading will mean savings of £10M, due to changes in the project’s scope.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer was asked in the House of Lords how much it would cost to extend the railway to Reading.
Kramer, responding to the question from Lord Beecham, said: “The Crossrail project will save approximately £10M as a result of the extension to Reading, as some items of scope which were planned to be delivered at Slough and Maidenhead are no longer required.”
She added: “The service requires one additional train to be added to the Crossrail fleet. This will form part of the recently announced rolling stock and depot contract with Bombardier where there was an option to procure additional trains. The exact costs of the train are commercially confidential but I can confirm that the cost is being met from Crossrail’s existing funding.
“Electrification costs are already included in the Great Western electrification programme.”
The extension to Reading will be the last section of Crossrail to be completed, currently projected for December 2019.