Crossrail boss ‘urged to quit’

Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Crossrail’s budget has risen by nearly £3bn since the project began

London’s top transport boss should consider quitting, a report into Crossrail’s delays has recommended.

The project, to build a new railway underneath central London, was due to open in December 2018 but it might not open until 2020 at the earliest.

A report by the London Assembly has recommended Transport for London (TfL) commissioner Mike Brown reflect “on whether he is fit to fulfil his role”.

*****************************************************

Recommended For You

AdsCrisp Enigma Monthly Commercial

Unlimited Templates Club Access Plus and VidCrisp - Psychological Conversion Triggers!!

Traffic Victory

Simple method to generating first page rankings and free traffic in any niche as a total newbie.

ViralSiteXpress - Builds Automated Self Updating SEO-Optimized News Site

ViralSiteXpress - Builds Automated Self Updating SEO-Optimized News Site

*****************************************************

TfL said the project’s delay was down to the previous Crossrail management.

A spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is responsible for the transport authority, said the mayor had “every confidence” in TfL’s commissioner.

Mr Brown has not yet commented but a spokesperson for TfL said the commissioner had kept the mayor informed of all of the project’s developments.

‘Overly optimistic’

Construction work for the project began in May 2009, with tunnelling commencing in May 2012.

However, the scheme has come under increasing pressure as its costs have increased.

Three emergency cash injections have seen the cost of the route rise from £14.8bn to £17.6bn, with the first rise revealed in July 2018.

Image copyright AFP
Image caption Crossrail is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project

The report claims warnings the project would not open on time were downplayed by Mr Brown.

It also concluded better scrutiny was needed of the governance of the project as well as assurances people with the correct skills needed were in place.

*****************************************************

Recommended For You

X-Wave (Commercial)

- Rights to Resell Videos - AI Assistant - Music Upload - Photo Uploads - 10 Real Estate Templates - 10 Premium Generic Templates - 3-Day Live Training - Customer Support - Download Your Videos

Klippyo - Video Software

Klippyo isn?t just a video maker.It?s EVERY video maker.

Videtar Pro Annual

Videtar Pro Annual

*****************************************************

A corporate culture of transparency should be instilled and the “overly optimistic corporate culture” needed to be kept in check by independent reviewers.

It added future infrastructure projects should strive to keep designs simple rather than include bespoke features in order to reduce risks to the budget and timelines.

Chair of the Assembly’s transport committee, Caroline Pidgeon, said: “It is frustrating that top Crossrail executives have not taken responsibility for their mismanagement of the project in its later stages.

“This despite the fact that they were taking home eye-watering salaries and bonuses to deliver the project.”

What is Crossrail?

Image copyright Getty Images

Crossrail is a new railway that will run beneath London from Reading and Heathrow in the west through central tunnels across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Construction began in 2009 and it is Europe’s biggest infrastructure project – it had been due to open in December 2018 although last summer that was pushed back to autumn 2019.

It has been officially named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen and will serve 41 stations.

An estimated 200 million passengers will use the new underground line annually, increasing central London rail capacity by 10% – the largest increase since World War Two.

Crossrail says the new line will connect Paddington to Canary Wharf in 17 minutes.

Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

This post was curated & Posted using : RealSpecific

Thank you for taking the time to read our article.

If you enjoyed our content, we'd really appreciate some "love" with a share or two.

And ... Don't forget to have fun!

Recommended

MOTO Theme - powerful & versatile WordPress theme.

Top WordPress Developers FINALLY Share Their CUSTOM Site Theme That?s Driven Millions Of Sales For Thousands Of Global Clients ?

WP Dev Suite

Ready to cash-in on the latest software craze? Start selling your own software in less than 4 minutes from now… WP Dev Suite allows you to easily tap into the MASSIVE WordPress Market, with YOUR OWN hot-selling plugins - instantly, no experience needed.

Commission Funnels UNLIMITED

Highly Profitable Commission Funnels You Can Copy and Paste To Generate 6+ Figures Per Month! 100% CLOUD BASED WEB APP!

Leave a Reply