In news to file under the bleeding obvious category, Crossrail have stated this evening that further delays have hit the project – exacerbated by recent events -resulting in plans to open between Paddington and Abbey Wood by summer 2021 not being possible.
I’m someone who has been reading and writing about this project for about 20 years now and until I saw this news I’d completely lost track of what stages are supposed to open and when. Every few months another delays comes along.
This press release tells us summer 2021 was the latest target until today. You know some bad news is coming when PR puts out positive news a day or two before, and in this case it was work on building new stations to the west of London. I mean, those projects are years late too but at least something is now visible.
Crossrail aren’t even fully testing trains yet as they will operate in service with short headways between units. They are running test trains but not to the intensity needed in normal operation. Signal tests often unearth bugs and glitches and can be some of the most time consuming and complicated stages of major projects. You might was to pencil in 2022 as an opening date. As for what month, take a wild guess.