The Crossrail infrastructure influence

By Fraser Askham

How might future UK infrastructure investment decisions be influenced by Crossrail?

The Crossrail construction and improvement works are expected to cost £14.8bn. With another five years to run, the project is slightly behind schedule and costs are five per cent over budget. But given the scale of the Crossrail programme, many regard it as relatively successful. This is certainly the case as far as the Public Accounts Committee of MPs is concerned.

In a report published on 23 July 2014, the Public Accounts Committee commended the progress made to date on the Crossrail programme. The report considers what lessons can be learned from the Crossrail experience and makes five recommendations with the potential to significantly influence central and local government infrastructure projects…

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