Crossrail Deny Opening in Western Section of Line Will Be Delayed
Announcement on change of schedule 'does not affect' stations in Ealing area
The announcement this Friday (31 August) about a delay in the schedule for the opening of Crossrail services does not mean that the opening of the service in the Ealing area will be delayed according to the company.
A spokesperson for Crossrail told us that the delay only affects the tunnelled ‘central section’ of the route from the new Elizabeth line station at Paddington to Abbey Wood in the east which will now open in Autumn 2019 instead of December 2018. They say the focus remains on opening the full Elizabeth line, from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, as ‘soon after the central tunnels open as possible’.
The lines on which Crossrail will run are already operating between Paddington and Heathrow and are currently scheduled to be linked up to the central section at Paddington in December 2019. There will be some scepticism from local residents that this deadline remains achievable as they have been reporting a lack of construction activity at stations in the area. When we asked Crossrail about this, they said it was a matter for Network Rail who are handling work at the station.
The statement from Crossrail on the delays to the central section says, “The original programme for testing has been compressed by more time being needed by contractors to complete fit-out activity in the central tunnels and the development of railway systems software. Testing has started but further time is required to complete the full range of integrated tests.”
August 31, 2018