Delay shows TfL ‘not fit’
SADIQ Khan’s financial plans were hugely reliant on Crossrail opening on time, on budget and meeting incredibly optimistic passenger targets. This delay will turn the £1 billion financial black hole that was already in TfL’s budget into a chasm.
TfL’s own business plan says that £143 million of fare revenue was expected from the central section in 2018/19 alone. Hundreds of millions further will be lost in the coming year.
When Sadiq Khan inherited Crossrail it was on time and on budget. He now needs to take responsibility and explain to Londoners how he will clear up this mess.
But he was warned in February that budget and time overruns were very possible, yet he seemingly has no contingency plan in place. It is Londoners who will have to pay the price for his incompetence.
Small businesses have taken out leases around the Crossrail stations in anticipation of a December opening. This delay could be disastrous for them.
If Khan was a CEO he would be sacked by now. London deserves better.
The delay to Crossrail’s opening has made the case for breaking up TfL.
Transport for London’s management have clearly known that they would delay the opening of Crossrail for some time and yet, as late as June this year, reassured the London Assembly that they would meet the original December date for opening.
It’s proven to me that TfL is too big and secretive, it’s not fit for purpose. We need more control oversight of infrastructure projects. If I become Mayor in 2020 the investment part of the organisation will be split off to receive separate scrutiny. Andrew Boff Conservative hopeful for the 2020 London Mayoral election