Rail suppliers are “ready to play their crucial part” in delivering the final phases of the Elizabeth line.
This is the view of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) in response to the new timetable put forward by Crossrail Ltd for the opening of the new railway line through London.
Crossrail was originally set to complete in December 2018 but was pushed back to autumn 2019.
It quickly became apparent that this was a deadline that wouldn’t be reached and therefore a new timetable has been put in place, described as a “robust and realistic” plan that will see the new line open at the end of next year, or in the early months of 2021.
After a year where new funding packages have had to be implemented, it is hoped that this new timetable will provide clarity and a workable deadline for completion.
Darren Caplan is the Chief Executive of the RIA. He accepts that there have been clear challenges on the project, but has also pointed out that the long term benefits to the economy and job market should not be overlooked.
He said: “There have clearly been challenges on completing the scheme, and there are always lessons to be learnt on major infrastructure projects like this.
“We should also remember, however, that Crossrail will have a long term, positive impact on the UK, its economy and connectivity, generating 55,000 jobs, adding over £42 billion to UK plc, as well as delivering over 57,000 new homes.”
It is for these reasons that the Association, which is the voice of the rail supply community, says rail suppliers are ready and on hand to make a telling contribution to the delivery of this “transformational railway.”
Darren added: “Rail suppliers are ready to play their crucial part in delivering the final phases of what will be a world class, transformational railway.”