Crossrail update released: Hopes of Easter 2022 opening fade?

The latest report on Crossrail progress has been released by TfL analysing progress and incidents over the summer.

The report highlights issues such as a train in the Abbey Wood area passing a red light on 28 July. That’s a major no-no in rail.

It also mentions the incident of two transformer failures over the summer and states investigations will continue. Transformer failures caused much delay in 2018.

One part states there is “significant pressure” to open in the first half of 2022, but on balance it’s still most likely. However it appears any hope of an Easter opening may be optimistic.

One major issue was already known and covered on this site, with delays to train signalling software highlighted in a National Audit Office report in July.

It stated:

“An important software update to the train signalling and control systems, which is necessary to start the next phase of operational testing, trial operations, is likely to be delayed by between three and eight weeks.”
Train and signal software issues have been a major source of problems with various rolling stock introductions in recent years, and they can spiral.
A huge amount is now resting on major software update named ELR100 which is to be introduced before trial operations in November.
Trial operations are currently ongoing though aspirations of a 12 trains per hour service have failed to be met on a number if days.
Reliability needs improvement before trial running can commence, which is trains running using hundreds of volunteers to better simulate how trains will work with passengers on board.
Only once those milestones are passed and reliability shown to be good enough will services open to the public.
A huge amount now rests on the delayed software update. If that doesn’t work as planned, the first half of 2022 may be missed.
If it does work as planned, then maybe, just maybe, a March to April opening could happen. In reality May or June look most likely as things stand.

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5 thoughts on “Crossrail update released: Hopes of Easter 2022 opening fade?

  • September 24, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I’m sure many of us would volunteer to be bogus passengers but the chances are that we’re all going to be rendered immobile because of old age before getting the chance. And I’m only 5.

  • September 25, 2021 at 7:15 am

    It’s getting to the point where I wonder if this will ever open in my lifetime…

  • September 26, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Passing a red light is driver error or recklessness. Software problems are more complicated, but will be sorted out eventually. I have more chance of riding CrossRail than I do the Bakerline extension to Lewisham. I am 63 and time is running out. 😂

  • September 27, 2021 at 2:21 am

    And the Elizabeth Line that could extend from Abbey Wood to Dartford, Gravesend and Rochester.

  • September 27, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Sadly I think Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) opening could be delayed to summer/autumn 2022 why software issues and other last minute techincal problems are sorted.

    Unfortunately I cannot see the Bakerloo Line extension to Lewisham happening in the next 10 to 20 years which is a shame as the public transport infrastructure a cross Greater London is in need of major improvements.


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