Crossrail is to miss its revised opening date of Summer 2021, with its board blaming the Coronavirus pandemic for the latest delay.
The troubled project was meant to open in December 2018 and its delayed opening has cost Transport for London millions of pounds in much-needed fares and commercial income.
Crossrail Chief Executive Mark Wild said: “Everyone working on the Crossrail project knows London needs the Elizabeth line more than ever and we are doing everything possible to deliver the railway as safely and as quickly as we can.
“We have a comprehensive plan to complete the railway but existing schedule pressure along with COVID-19 has impacted the programme and time has been lost.
“Further work is being undertaken to finalise our detailed recovery plan which re-sequences the remaining work.”