De­lay for Cross­rail?

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SIG­NAL prob­lems could pre­vent Cross­rail from open­ing on time in 2018.

The new £15bil­lion rail­way will link Heathrow with cen­tral London and serve Hayes and Har­ling­ton sta­tion, but en­gi­neers have ad­mit­ted sig­nal is­sues could mean a re­duced ser­vice is run from the get-go. The set­back was re­vealed this week by project chair­man, Terry Mor­gan, who con­firmed a ‘mit­i­ga­tion plan’ was be­ing put in place as it grows in­creas­ingly likely that sig­nalling on the line won’t work prop­erly.

A source told The In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per it was even pos­si­ble no trains would be run­ning at all in 2018. The rea­son could be the mix of old style sig­nals and state-ofthe-art sys­tems. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, en­gi­neers are strug­gling to link trains on the new tracks to ex­ist­ing cross-coun­try rail lines. UXBRIDGE: Es­corted tours spe­cial­ist Col­lette World­wide Hol­i­days, based in Cow­ley Mill Road, has an­nounced its non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, The Col­lette Foun­da­tion, has just been granted UK char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

The company said it hopes to support un­der­priv­i­leged mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. It’s fundrais­ing team came to the res­cue of Hilling­don Food Bank by pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional ware­house space be­fore the busy Christ­mas pe­riod.

Col­lette Foun­da­tion UK Am­bas­sador, Pa­tri­cia Grady, said: “It is the sense of com­mu­nity that drives our char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours. Whether that is here in Uxbridge or around the world. Our new char­i­ta­ble sta­tus will help to bring change to young lives glob­ally and give back to those ar­eas that have brought us so much en­joy­ment through travel.”

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