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Old July 13th 19, 11:22 AM posted to uk.railway,
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Default ES: Crossrail at risk of being delayed even further

"Guy Gorton" wrote in message
On Fri, 12 Jul 2019 19:31:23 +0000 (UTC), wrote:

On Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:48:05 -0000 (UTC)
Recliner wrote:
Basil Jet wrote:
On 12/07/2019 15:09, Roland Perry wrote:
In message , at 14:53:19
Fri, 12 Jul 2019, Recliner remarked:

Mayor Sadiq Khan strengthened the scrutiny powers of Jacobs to
problems with Crossrail and increase the projectâ?Ts transparency.

Is he trying to distance himself from the project's failings,
being in charge the last three and a bit years?

It's not clear which politician was in charge: responsibility seems
have been shared between the DfT and TfL. Either way, and perhaps as
consequence, neither was providing much supervision or oversight.
now seems to be much more in charge and taking an interest, as it's
clear that TfL will have to suffer the consequence of delays and

From the Crossrail website:

"About Crossrail Ltd

Crossrail Limited, established in 2001, is the company that has been
set up to build the new railway that will become known as the
Elizabeth line when it opens through central London.

It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL)..."

No hiding place for the Mayor!!

I'm no fan of Labour or Khan, but it's by no means obvious that the
blame lies with Khan, or Boris, or elsewhere. If the Mayor is being
everything's fine, how can they know otherwise?

Perhaps when Boris becomes PM he can repent for his sins as mayor and do
everyone a favour by putting a bullet in HS2. A high speed line to
the WCML might be a good idea, but not for the 11 figure sums being
There are far better railway infrastructure projects that could be spent

A reasonable opinion but large areas of Buckinghamshire and
Hertfordshire have already been disfigured by the works, so lets not
make all that inconvenience be for nothing.

the fallacy of the sunk costs