As the London Assembly Transport Committee published its report into the handling of the long-delayed Crossrail project, committee chair Caroline Pidgeon said:
“It is a complete tragedy that one of the most highly anticipated engineering projects the world has ever seen has found itself in a mess of overspending, mismanagement and an embarrassingly long delay.
“Crossrail was supposed to be the beacon of modern, 21st-century engineering but its name is now tarnished with shame in the eyes of the London taxpayer who will have to foot the bill until its completion.
“The inability of senior figures in the project to push past their obsession with a December 2018 launch date is one of the main reasons why their dream did not become a reality.
“It is shameful that nobody at a senior level is willing to take responsibility for the failure of the project thus far.”