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Letter From The UK: Car Production In Crisis

As production thins from an ongoing Brexit debate, the future looks uncertain. How will the auto industry in the UK weather the current storm; is there a silver lining?      Geoff Maxted of DriveWrite Automotive Magazine examines in this Letter From The UK. With the industrial problems of the 20th Century long forgotten, it seemed as if Great Britain had secured a strong and burgeoning future for the car industry with the likes of Nissan, Toyota, and Honda among the foreign brands building car...
Tags: UK, London, China, Eu, European Union, Britain, Magazine, Autos, Jaguar Land Rover, Honda, Crossrail, Bentley, Crewe, Vauxhall, Great Britain, Bentley Bentayga


Crossrail: 'Unrealistic timeframe' caused delays

A focus on meeting the December 2018 deadline contributed to the spiralling budget of Crossrail, a report says.
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Crossrail delays caused by desire to cling to ‘unrealistic’ timeframe

Team made choices that damaged public value, says National Audit Office reportCrossrail was driven over its budget and schedule because its management team clung to an unrealistic opening date, according to a National Audit Office report into the delayed transport project.The NAO said that although problems had emerged as early as 2015, Crossrail did not take opportunities to change approach nor produce a sufficiently detailed delivery plan to track its progress. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, London, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, National Audit Office, Crossrail, Nao


Crossrail could be delayed beyond 2021 target, admits chief

Uncertainty over software behind £17.6bn rail line linking west and east of LondonThe new 2021 target for the opening of Crossrail is liable to slip further due to continuing uncertainty about the software behind the new rail line, its chief executive has admitted.Crossrail on Thursday confirmed reports last week that services in central London would not start until as late as March 2021. Continue reading...
Tags: London, UK News, Transport, Crossrail


Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 April 2019

The longest domestic flight in the US. Discussed in the last item, below. Good morningI’m doing things a little differently today.  I’m sending out the newsletter as usual, and then I’ll send out a separate article later on Friday morning to make it more noticeable for all.In addition to this newsletter now, there’s a feature article on how to most accurately know if your flight will be on-time or not.  If you follow the steps in that article, and use the recommended apps or websites, you’ll pro...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, England, New York, London, Youtube, Scotland, Boston, Trains, Child Services, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Earth, David


TfL commissioner told to consider job over Crossrail delays

Mike Brown singled out for criticism in damning City Hall report on project leadershipTransport for London’s commissioner should consider his position over his handling of the much-delayed Crossrail project, according to a damning City Hall report.The London assembly transport committee accuses Mike Brown of downplaying risks about the £17.6bn flagship infrastructure scheme in weekly updates to the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, London, UK News, Infrastructure, Transport, Mike Brown, Crossrail, City Hall, Sadiq Khan


Crossrail could open three years later than planned

The line will link east and west London [Author: Cathy Adams]
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'Crossrail could be delayed until 2021'

The start date for London's new Elizabeth Line, could be pushed back again, sources tell the BBC.
Tags: London, News, Crossrail, Elizabeth Line


Chris Grayling slammed for 'continual shortcomings' over Crossrail

Costs of Crossrail 'have been allowed to spiral out of control whilst question marks remain around its completion' says the Public Accounts Committee [Author: Simon Calder]
Tags: Public Accounts Committee, Chris Grayling, Crossrail, Simon Calder


Major tube upgrades shelved as TfL struggles to balance books

Capital’s transport authority faces shortfall due to Crossrail delays and government cutsPlans to upgrade major parts of the London Underground will be put on hold after a decline in passenger numbers, government cuts and delays to the opening of Crossrail have left the capital’s transport authorities struggling to balance the books. Related: Delayed Crossrail could cost almost £3bn more than planned Continue reading...
Tags: London, UK News, Public finance, Transport, Rail transport, Crossrail, London Underground, Tfl


Huawei, Google, and the tiring politics of tech

The defining question of the 21st century is pretty simple: who owns what? Who owns the telecommunications infrastructure that powers our mobile devices? Who owns the OS that powers those devices? Who owns our data? Today, we see these intersecting arcs with two prominent tech leaders mired in legal and political processes. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if y...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, London, Congress, California, Government, China, New York City, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech


London’s $22 Billion Supertrain Is Worth the Wait

On Monday, London’s authorities confirmed that the railway connecting Heathrow Airport in the west with Canary Wharf in the east will need up to 2 billion pounds more funding (lifting it from the 15 billion pounds or so initially expected). An already revised autumn 2019 opening date might not be met. Critics have branded Crossrail’s missteps as a “catastrophe” and a “shambles.” The project’s chairman, Sir Terry Morgan, has stepped down. But is Europe’s biggest construction project really such ...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Canary Wharf, Crossrail, Heathrow Airport, Terry Morgan


London's $22 Billion Supertrain Is Worth the Wait

On Monday, London’s authorities confirmed that the railway connecting Heathrow Airport in the west with Canary Wharf in the east will need up to 2 billion pounds more funding (lifting  it from the 15 billion pounds or so initially expected). An already revised Autumn 2019 opening date might not be met. Critics have branded Crossrail’s missteps as a “catastrophe” and  a “shambles.” The project’s chairman Sir Terry Morgan has stepped down. But is Europe’s biggest construction project really such ...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Canary Wharf, Crossrail, Heathrow Airport, Terry Morgan


Crossrail may not open next year despite mooted extra £1bn

Ministers are reportedly about to admit London rail project needs further extra fundingCrossrail could swallow up another £1bn in funding and be delayed beyond 2019, ministers are expected to admit this week.The flagship construction project to create a new high-capacity train line across London had originally been due to be opened on Sunday by the Queen, but problems with complex new signalling systems delayed testing trains in the central core. Confirmation that the opening was postponed by up...
Tags: Business, Politics, London, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, Crossrail, Sadiq Khan, Rail industry


HS2 and Crossrail chairman resigns

Sir Terry Morgan steps down from both roles after reported government pressure over Crossrail delay.
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HS2 chair expects to be sacked – less than five months into role

Sir Terry Morgan says there was disappointment at Westminster about Crossrail delays The chairman of HS2 has said he expects to be sacked in the coming days, less than five months after he took over the role.Speaking on the early evening news programme on BBC Radio 4, Sir Terry Morgan said there was disappointment at Westminster about the delays affecting Crossrail, which he has chaired since 2009. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Infrastructure, Rail transport, Westminster, Crossrail, Hs2, BBC Radio, Terry Morgan, Rail industry


HS2 chairman expects to be sacked after Crossrail delays

Sir Terry Morgan tells the BBC he expects to be sacked within days, months after getting the job.
Tags: UK, News, Bbc, Crossrail, Terry Morgan


HS2 rail chief Terry Morgan faces sack over spiralling costs

Morgan, who Chris Grayling described as ‘world-class’, set to go after four months in jobThe chairman of HS2 is facing the sack less than five months after his appointment because of fears that costs are spiralling out of control.Sir Terry Morgan is also set to be removed as chairman of Crossrail, relieving him of leadership of two of the UK’s highest-profile infrastructure networks. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, UK, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Chris Grayling, Crossrail, Hs2, Morgan, Terry Morgan, Rail industry


Crossrail boss steps down after project delays

Simon Wright will be replaced by Mark Wild, who will oversee opening of central sectionCrossrail’s chief executive is to step down, it has been announced, a week after the government agreed to a new cash injection to complete the delayed £15.4bn project.Simon Wright will be replaced by Mark Wild, the managing director of London Underground, who will remain in charge until the opening of the central section of Crossrail, which will be known as the Elizabeth line. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, London, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Crossrail, London Underground, Tfl, Sadiq Khan, Elizabeth, Simon Wright, Mark Wild


TfL to borrow £350m after Crossrail delay drives it into the red

Transport body has a £1bn deficit due to Elizabeth line opening push back to 2019Transport for London is to borrow £350m from the Department for Transport, as delays to the £15bn Crossrail project left the capital’s transport body facing a serious funding shortfall.The DfT will provide the money to mayor of London Sadiq Khan on a short-term basis, with the cost of the loan to be paid out of his budget. Continue reading...
Tags: London, UK News, Transport, Transport policy, Crossrail, Tfl, Department For Transport, Sadiq Khan, Elizabeth


London Assembly members 'misled' over Crossrail delay

London Assembly members accuse city mayor Sadiq Khan and transport bosses of misleading them.
Tags: London, News, Crossrail, Sadiq Khan, Assembly, London Assembly


Delays to London Crossrail could cost TfL £20m in lost revenue

Mayor ‘frustrated’ at overrun, which will incur extra building costs and take up to a yearLondon transport bosses will meet with Treasury on Thursday to discuss extra funding for the £15.4bn Crossrail project, after a delay to its opening was announced last week.The overrun on the central section could approach one year, it transpired, with the revised deadline for the opening of the new Elizabeth Line now the end of autumn 2019 instead of December this year. Continue reading...
Tags: London, UK News, Transport, Treasury, Rail transport, Crossrail, Elizabeth Line, Rail industry, London Crossrail


What is happening with Crossrail?

Key questions answered on the causes and effects of the delay to the London rail projectAlthough the rail minister Jo Johnson said last month that the project was 93% complete, Crossrail has admitted it ran out of time to adequately test the Elizabeth line trains across central London. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, London, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, Crossrail, Jo Johnson, Elizabeth, Rail industry


Crossrail to miss December opening

The £15bn route is Europe's biggest infrastructure project and will link Heathrow to Canary Wharf.
Tags: Europe, News, Heathrow, Crossrail


Crossrail delay: When is the Elizabeth Line opening and where will it stop?

The new line is due to open in autumn 2019, almost a year behind schedule [Author: Travel desk]
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Transit delay: London's Crossrail won't open until fall 2019

LONDON (AP) — Crossrail, the new east-west London railway designed to bring relief to jam-packed commuters, announced Friday that it is postponing its scheduled December opening by the better part of a year.Crossrail Ltd. said services... [Author: [email protected]]
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London's Crossrail railway delays opening until fall 2019

LONDON (AP) — London's new east-west railway, Crossrail, says it will miss its scheduled December opening by almost a year, with passenger services not starting until late 2019.Crossrail Ltd. said in a statement Friday that the... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, London, Ap, Crossrail, east west railway Crossrail, Crossrail Ltd


London Crossrail opening postponed until autumn next year

Spokesman for project says it will miss its planned December opening dateLondon’s new east-west railway Crossrail will miss its December opening date and services will not begin until autumn next year, a spokesman for the project has said. More details soon … Continue reading...
Tags: Business, London, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Crossrail, Rail industry, London Crossrail


London's Crossrail project running £600m over budget

The rail minister revealed "cost pressures" had risen but announced extra funding for the project.
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Most overcrowded trains in England and Wales revealed

South Western service to Waterloo was more than 500 passengers over 720 capacityAn early morning Southern train into London Bridge was the most overcrowded service recorded last year, with 267 passengers crammed into two carriages designed for just 107 people.Trains in the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise running into London, which include Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services, made up half of the Department of Transport’s list of most crowded peak services in England and Wales from...
Tags: England, London, Wales, UK News, Engineering, Transport, Crossrail, Tfl, London Bridge, Waterloo, Department of Transport, Govia Thameslink Railway, Southern Thameslink and Great Northern