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Councillor ‘deeply disappointed’ by Crossrail delays

PUBLISHED: 17:33 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 31 August 2018

The Elizabeth Line train at the Crossrail depot between Ilford and Seven Kings. Picture: TfL

The Elizabeth Line train at the Crossrail depot between Ilford and Seven Kings. Picture: TfL

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Newham Council has criticised Crossrail’s delay in opening its new line.

The service, which will be known as the Elizabeth line, was set to launch in December but it was announced today that it will not be fully operational until autumn 2019.

According to Crossrail, more time is needed to complete “final infrastructure and extensive testing” to ensure a “safe and reliable railway” is delivered.

Councillor Rachel Tripp, cabinet member for environment, said: “Newham has five Crossrail stations in our borough and will be most impacted by the delays announced today.

“We are deeply disappointed that Crossrail has left it so late to inform their key stakeholders that this much heralded line will fail to open on time.

“This line promises to transform transport across our borough and London, opening up regeneration and access to jobs for our residents.

“We urge Crossrail to ensure the delays do not cause further disruption to our residents whilst works are ongoing.”

When open, the route will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

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