Station had been due to finish after rest of central section

Crossrail has said that Bond Street station is now likely to open when the rest of the line does.

The station had been due to open after the rest of the line – which had been given an opening window of between October next year and March 2021.

Earlier this month the railway said it wouldn’t open at all next year with chief executive Mark Wild promising an update on when it would early next year, adding that the “central section will be substantially complete by the end of the first quarter in 2020, except for Bond Street and Whitechapel stations where work will continue”.

But Wild told a Transport for London board meeting last week it was now “increasingly likely” the station, being built by a Costain/Skanska joint venture, will be ready at the same time as the rest of the route.

He did not say whether this was because the central section has slipped so much it will now match Bond Street’s opening date or whether the station has managed to catch up with the rest of the route having been handed extra manpower and money.

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The leadership has made Bond Street a priority, flooding it with resources and recently agreed to splash an undisclosed amount of extra cash on the station.

If Crossrail sticks to its revised timetable, the line will open in the first quarter of 2021 with Wild saying an update on when it will be ready to do so due early next year. He has previously said the £18.5bn line will open “as soon as practically possible in 2021”.

The scheme was originally due to open nearly a year ago and had a price tag of just under £15bn.

Bond Street - October

Source: Crossrail Ltd

How Bond Street looked last month