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CROSSRAIL DELAYS: CAUSE OF FAILURES UNDER INVESTIGATION


THE HOUSE OF COMMONS’ Public Accounts Committee is demanding the government explain who is responsible for “failures” on the delayed and over-budget Crossrail project. MPs said the project “was supposed to set the standard for delivery of transport programmes”, but “yet again, costs have escalated and delivery dates have turned out to be over-optimistic”. Work on Crossrail began in May 2009 and the


Elizabeth Line was due to open in December 2018, but after a series of delays the route will not be fully operational until 2020 at the earliest. The project has also gone nearly £3 billion over budget after it received a bailout from the government and Transport for London (TfL) to continue development.


The Public Accounts Committee said it is “not convinced that new services will start to run in 2020 as now hoped, nor that the additional £2.8 billion of funding provided will be enough”. The committee also claims that the Department


for Transport (DfT) and Crossrail Limited, which runs the project, “are unable to fully explain how the programme has been allowed to unravel”. The committee has recommended the DfT explain how it has changed its contractual relationship with Crossrail so it can hold the company accountable for its performance by July. nWestminster Watch: The politics of HS2, p52


Staycity branches out ‘resort-style’ in Paris


APARTHOTEL COMPANY Staycity Group is to open its first “resort-style” property comprising apartments, villas and a restaurant in Paris this August. The new-build property will be Staycity’s second in France’s capital. Staycity Aparthotels Paris, Marne-la-Vallee will


feature 284 studio and one-bedroom apartments, 22 holiday villas, three meeting rooms and a break- out area, an outdoor pool, cafe and restaurant, as well as gardens and terraces, a gym and children’s play area. Located 35 minutes by car from central Paris and


ten minutes from Disneyland Paris, the resort will be situated close to the Val d’Europe RER station and the Marne-la-Vallee-Chessy terminus with connections to and from Charles de Gaulle airport in 12 minutes.


Flybe helps reconnect Heathrow-Isle of Man


FLYBE HAS LAUNCHED a new route between Heathrow and the Isle of Man. The daily flight is operated by Flybe’s 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, with tickets available to buy until 26 October. Services depart the island at 1350 hours, landing in London at 1510 hours, while the return flight leaves at 1705 hours and arrives at 1825 hours. Flybe claims this will be the first time in nearly 20 years that passengers have had a direct route between Heathrow and the island. British Airways operates a direct flight from London City, while Aer Lingus offers one-stop Heathrow


Crossrail: delayed and over budget 20 MAY/JUNE 2019


services connecting in Manchester or Dublin. n Regional airports round-up, p136-138


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