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Khan to be grilled by assembly on Crossrail delay

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London mayor Sadiq Khan will be grilled about his handling of Crossrail by the London Assembly’s Transport Committee, later today.

Khan and Transport for London commissioner Mike Brown, have been summoned by the committee to answer questions about delays and cost overruns on Crossrail – the first time the committee has used such powers.

Former Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan was “invited to attend”, but he has subsequently quit his role as rumours circulated that he was about to be sacked.

Since the Transport Committee called the emergency meeting, Crossrail Ltd has announced that the project will need around £2bn of extra funding and has pushed back the opening date indefinitely.

The Assembly’s transport chair Caroline Pidgeon said: “The mayor must come clean over when he knew about the delay. The public puts trust in transparency, but the only thing that’s become clear is the opposite when it comes to Crossrail.”

Key questions Assembly members want answered concern why the opening was postponed just three months before the line was scheduled to open.

Khan’s knowledge of the delay is also likely to come under scrutiny with Khan previously claiming that he only knew of the delay two days before it became public knowledge.

However, according to a dossier revealed by the Times, Khan was given briefing papers at a meeting with Crossrail chiefs on 26 July. These explained that it would not be “feasible” for Crossrail to open on time. 

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  • Philip Alexander

    Being " grilled by ministers" (headline) is hardly the same as being invited to answer questions by your own committee! Come on NCE. Which is it?

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