Mayor Boris Johnson has spoken out about his worries over “de-scoping” caused by cost-cutting on the Crossrail project. In a speech at City Hall, he raised doubts over the £16bn project going ahead “in its entirety”.
Boris said it was possible he could come under pressure from the new government to modify the scheme and “do away with the spurs”. He said: “They would try to de-scope. I would be fighting very very hard to protect the project in its entirety. It’s absolutely vital that we mount a Stalingrad-like defence of the London transport settlement”.
Last Week, Philip Hammond committed the Government to the project but warned it was essential to keep costs as low as possible. He also said that he could not guarantee the route would be ready on time by 2017.