Sadiq Khan's officials are accused of hushing up Crossrail delays

Marco Green
January 11, 2019

Sir Terry also said that Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London and chairman of TfL, had ignored a warning given to him in July that the opening date was "not feasible" but did not make the news public for another month.

"Whilst this delay in the opening of Crossrail is regrettable - and the rail industry must always learn lessons on delivering major projects to deadline and budget - we should remember that schemes like Crossrail and Crossrail 2 have a transformational impact on the United Kingdom, its economy and connectivity and therefore a delay to one should not affect decisions on the other", he said.

Mr Khan clashed in a public row with Sir Terry previous year after the Crossrail chairman said Mr Khan knew as early as late July that Crossrail would not be ready on time. The former chair of Crossrail repeated his claims that he told the London Mayor on July 26 that the delivery of Crossrail in 2018 was "not feasible".

But Sir Terry Morgan said weekly TfL reports produced to update the mayor on Crossrail's progress had been "routinely" altered by the body.

Sir Terry also accused Transport for London of "giving" him a sheet containing what to say at a board meeting on July 25, with no reference about them not being about to deliver the project.

Sir Terry's comments come amid controversy over whether Mr Khan knew Crossrail would fail to open as planned in December 2018.

TfL said this was "completely untrue" and that prior to the 25 July meeting Sir Terry "went through what he meant to say and subsequently asked if someone would write this up as an aide-memoire for him to use".

He said the document on the meeting "took out any reference to not being able to deliver the programme in 2018".

However, the former Crossrail and HS2 boss told a London Assembly hearing on Wednesday: "I do not suffer from loss of memory".

He pulled back the curtains on the relations between Crossrail, TfL and City Hall.

Following discussions at a London Assembly Transport Committee meeting, the RIA says it has become clear that money earmarked for Crossrail 2 will be diverted to complete the controversial Crossrail project, which has been hit with multiple delays and spiralling costs.

This information was shared with the mayor on 26 July and was "a very clear indication" of the delay, he told the committee.

This rancorous dispute of who knew what when just went toxic.

Deputy mayor Heidi Alexander alleged the claims that the December 2018 opening date had been ruled out was "simply not true and it did not happen".

"I would be as interested as you if there were changes made".

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