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Crossrail trial running delayed into second half of 2020

Photo: Making good progress: aerial view of Whitechapel station.


Trial running on the central section of London’s Elizabeth Line has been delayed and will not start until at least July next year, Crossrail Chief Executive Mark Wild has said.

Mr Wild was addressing the London Assembly Transport Committee in an update session on the project. In April Crossrail had defined an opening window for the central section between October 2020 and March 2021, but in November stated the line would not open in 2020 and would be opened ‘as soon as practically possible in 2021’.

Asked by the committee about when trial running would begin, Mr Wild said it would be between July and September 2020, a delay on initial plans to start it between February and May. He estimated it would take a further nine to 12 months from this point before the line could open, although said he hoped it may be possible to compress this timescale.

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