Crossrail is £2.8bn over budget – and MPs warn costs will rise further

MPs have launched a blistering attack on the Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL), as ballooning costs and long delays continue to plague Crossrail.

The public accounts committee said the rail project is “letting taxpayers down” as completion of the line across London and the South East of England gets pushed further back.

Releasing their report on Friday, MPs responsible for overseeing government expenditure said Crossrail is now expected to be delivered up to two years behind schedule and £2.8bn over budget – taking the cost so far up to £17.6bn.

Crossrail has told the committee that the full 73-mile railway – from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Abbey Wood, London and Shenfield in Essex in the east – may not open until as late as 2022.

The committee said in the report: “As Crossrail has not yet determined and agreed an opening date for the full railway, costs for the programme are likely to continue to climb.

“Crossrail Ltd has so far failed to understand the complexity and risks involved in the programme, failed in its management of its main contractors and failed to integrate different strands of the programme successfully.”

MPs claimed that, despite these failures, Crossrail has continued to pay bonuses to its executives.