Mayor ‘knew about Crossrail delays’
SADIQ Khan was yesterday accused of lying that he was kept in the dark about delays to the multi-billion pound Crossrail project.
The London Mayor has previously said he only found out two days before the delays were officially announced this summer.
But Sir Terry Morgan, Crossrail chairman, yesterday claimed that Mr Khan was aware of the issues at least a month beforehand.
The Queen had been expected to open the new line through the capital – renamed the Elizabeth Line in her honour – soon after December 9. But the opening has been put back nine months to Autumn next year, with total costs for the 73-mile route soaring by £1billion since the summer to £15.8billion.
Mr Khan told the London Assembly that he only knew about the delay just two days before it was announced on August 31.
But Sir Terry, who has confirmed he expects to be sacked as chairman of both Crossrail and HS2, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: ‘I am in absolutely no doubt that the Mayor was told on July 26 that it was no longer feasible to deliver Crossrail in 2018.’
Caroline Pidgeon, chairman of the assembly’s transport committee, said that if this was true, they had been ‘deliberately misled’. She added: ‘ That is a very serious breach of trust.’
A spokesman for the Mayor fiercely rejected the claims. They said Mr Khan had been ‘informally briefed’ about the risk of a delay on July 26 but it was not until the end of August that this was confirmed.