Originally due to open in December 2018, the troubled rail link is now severely over budget and the delayed opening is the subject of several parliamentary and London Assembly investigations.
Passenger services had been due to start last December but in August Crossrail Limited, the company set up by Transport for London and the Department for Transport to build the railway, announced the target date would not be met.
Plans to close ticket offices at 51 London Overground stations were unveiled last year, with TfL rail boss Jon Fox claiming the take-up of Oyster and contactless payment was “creating an opportunity to improve the way stations are managed and how staff serve customers.”
Transport for London have confirmed that a series of cuts to the bus network are to proceed, despite opposition from local politicians, passengers and the capital’s transport watchdog, London Travelwatch.
The agency has appointed Catalyst Housing to develop land at Canons Park, Rayners Lane and Stanmore Underground Stations and says that in addition to the new homes, the sites will also see improvements to the public realm, plus enhanced pedestrian and cycling connectivity.