Crossrail Delay: Line will not open until 2021 as costs increase

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Construction workers work on a section of train track inside a Crossrail tunnel, beneath Stepney in east London in 2016Image copyrightGetty Images
Image caption Latest projections indicate an further £400m to £650m will be needed to complete the project, Crossrail Ltd said

The opening of London’s Crossrail project will be delayed until 2021 as Europe’s biggest infrastructure scheme is set to go another £650m over budget.

The route, to be known as the Elizabeth Line, was originally due to open in December 2018.

Crossrail Ltd chief executive Mark Wild said services would be delayed to allow time for more testing.

He also said the cost of the project could reach £18.25bn, more than £2bn more than the original budget.

The Department for Transport said it was “considering” where this new funding would come from.