The railway had previously revised its forecast to say the problem station would open with the rest of the central section

Bond Street station is once again at risk of not opening in line with the rest of Crossrail, the boss of the £19bn job has admitted.

Problems on the Bond Street project had previously meant the station would not open with the rest of the railway, but this changed in November last year, with Crossrail signalling its intention to open the full central section at the same time.


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Bond Street has long been among the biggest problems Crossrail has faced

Just two months ago Crossrail and the Costain Skanska joint venture who had been building the project’s problem station parted ways – despite the station being the only Crossrail terminus not ready for the next stage of testing.

A spokesperson for the joint venture, known as CSJV, confirmed the split saying that in the light of covid-19 Crossrail had been reviewing and restructuring any works that are essential to opening the railway and to ensure it completes the Elizabeth line successfully.

Crossrail is now coordinating the remaining work on the station.

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In a letter this week to London Assembly transport committee chair Alison Moore, Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild has revealed the project is once again at risk of not being ready when trains start running through the centre of London.

He said: "According to current plans, there is the possibility the central section will open without Bond Street station, but we are working hard to improve on this."

Bond Street station was the first Crossrail sites to be shutdown by the covid-19 crisis after a worker on the site tested positive to the disease on 19 March. The rest of both Crossrail's sites were shut the next week.

Last month Crossrail confirmed it would miss yet another opening target, saying the coronavirus pandemic had compounded existing programme pressures.

The central section is now due to open in the first half of 2022 - up to three and a half years late.