Crossrail may not even open next year despite mooted extra £1bn

Crossrail may not even open next year despite mooted extra £1bn

Ministers are reportedly about to admit London rail project needs further extra funding

Crossrail could swallow up another £1bn in funding and be delayed beyond 2019, ministers are expected to admit this week.

The flagship construction project to create a new high-capacity train line across London had originally been due to be opened on Sunday by the Queen, but problems with complex new signalling systems delayed testing trains in the central core. Confirmation that the opening was postponed by up to a year was only announced at the end of August.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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