"The Mayor is to blame for Crossrail delays"

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"The Mayor is to blame for Crossrail delays"

Conservative London Assembly member Andrew Boff says that delays to the launch of the Elizabeth Line could spell disaster to TfL's budget as the organisation was relying on income from passengers using the service. The Federation of Small Businesses' Matthew Jaffa says questions will be raised over plans for Crossrail 2 if the current project cannot be delivered.
A spokesperson for the Mayor said:
“It’s obviously disappointing that Crossrail Ltd have advised that they need more time than anticipated to complete the final pieces of infrastructure, and to carry out the extensive testing required before the next phase of the Elizabeth Line can open. 
“This has been a ten-year construction project and is one of the most complex engineering schemes ever undertaken. It is essential that a safe and reliable railway operates from day one, and this has to be the top priority.
“When complete, the Elizabeth Line will transform travel across London and the South East, with new state-of-the-art trains taking millions of people more quickly across London, providing a boost to the economy worth billions of pounds.”

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