Another delay to Crossrail has been announced this morning with the opening date now pushed back in 2022 to the surprise of practically nobody.
Back in July I covered how an Autumn 2021 opening was delayed.
By this stage of the game I think everyone has given up on a year let alone a month.
The delay is believed to be due to ongoing signalling issues alongside delays due to recent events. It’s funny, but when I wrote way back in February about the possibility of seismic effects due to corona this seemed more than a possibility.
I may be blowing my own trumpet but that post back in February got a lot of criticism and people saying it was overblown. I also highlighted the risk to rail franchises which are now all but nationalised.
TfL ended up hours from collapse and legally having to stop operating most services and large nationwide transport companies are in deep trouble. Coach companies are protesting weekly across the country as business collapsed.
Local neighbourhood transport schemes continue to cause arguments across London and the wider country as authorities grapple with how to cope with the possibility of millions of people in London – let alone other cities – being unable to use buses and trains and instead taking to cars. To prevent absolute gridlock (and if millions do you ain’t seen nothing yet) then encouraging people to walk and cycle short distances where possible is being pursued all over the world.
I don’t think any other site was highlighting the impact back in February it would have, though most of what has transpired has gone beyond what most expected. It was hard to see how every facet would be impacted, though Crossrail was perhaps one of the more predictable casualties.