Bond Street is a year behind schedule compared with the rest of Crossrail’s stations, the project’s chief executive Mark Wild has revealed.
Wild said tunnelling problems on the Bond Street project dating back to 2014 were behind the delay.
It comes after a revised timeline for Crossrail revealed that Bond Street will not open inline with the other Central London stations.
Wild told London Assembly members: “The reasons for the Bond Street delay are quite interesting actually and they are mostly that the tunnelling was a year late at Bond Street, so Bond Street is a year behind every other station because of the tunnelling back in 2014. We need to work with Costain and Skanska to reorder the work.”
He added: “The top priority at Bond Street is to get the subterranean areas in a position they can support the train rather than everybody waiting to get the train going because Bond Street isn’t quite ready and that’s why an intervention is needed at Bond Street.”
A Costain-Skanska joint venture is currently carrying out the £110M main station works contract for Bond Street station.
In a progress update last week, Crossrail revealed the central section of the £17.6bn Elizabeth line will open by March 2021 except for Bond Street due to it being “delayed because of design and delivery challenges”.
A National Audit Office (NAO) report revealed enormous cost increases on every single one of Crossrail’s seven central London station contracts. Cost hikes up to 500% of the original target cost were also reported on tunnelling contracts as well as significant increases in route-wide civil engineering and systems integration contracts.
At Bond Street the cost of the project has ballooned from £126M to £412M, representing a 277% cost increase.
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