LONDON (Reuters) – The opening of London's new Crossrail train line, Europe's largest infrastructure project, has been postponed by nine months as the £ 15 billion ($ 19 billion) program has taken more time to test and finalize.
FILE PHOTO: Crossrail employees walk into the new Farringdon subway station on the Elizabeth Line, due to open on December 1
When Full Formally known as the "Elizabeth Line", it links destinations such as Heathrow Airport in western London with areas such as the Canary Wharf financial district in the east.
It will facilitate overcrowding and accelerate travel between major transport hubs in the British capital.
The central section was due to open in December of this year, but has now been postponed until next fall.
The original program for the audit was compressed as contractors needed more time to complete the expansion work in the central tunnels and the development of the rail system software, "Crossrail said in a statement. 19659004] "Testing has begun, but more time is needed to complete the full range of integrated testing."
More than 200 million passengers are expected to use the Elizabeth Line every year as it operates.
Britain has a dazzling past when it comes to realizing big infrastructure projects on time and on budget, including high-profile transgressions such as the Millennium Dome and the 2012 Olympics.
It took decades for politicians to stand up for have decided to build a new runway at Heathrow Airport. [1 9659012] FILE PHOTO: Crossrail employees visit the new Farringdon Underground Station on the Elizabeth Line, due to open on December 15, 2018, in London, UK, in December 2018. REUTERS / Peter Nicholls / Archive photo