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Crossrail will not open in 2020, chief executive confirms

Crossrail was due to open in December 2018. Credit: PA

Crossrail will not open next year, the boss of the firm building London’s new east-west railway has said.

Mark Wild, chief executive of Crossrail Ltd, insisted services would begin “as soon as practically possible in 2021”.

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He also revealed that the cost of the railway could reach £18.25 billion, representing an increase of up to £650 million on the previous funding total agreed by Mayor Sadiq Khan, the Government and Transport for London.

Crossrail’s budget was set at £15.9 billion in 2007.

The railway was initially due to be completed in December 2018, but this date was missed due to a series of problems.

It was later announced that it would open between October 2020 and March 2021.