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Crossrail delay leads to staff at Romford station quitting over inactivity

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 December 2018

Transport Secretary Chris Grailing putting the last piece of track in place, watched by London Assembly's Val Shawcross and a Crossrail engeering apprentice, at Whitechapel in October 2017. Picture: Mike Brooke

Transport Secretary Chris Grailing putting the last piece of track in place, watched by London Assembly's Val Shawcross and a Crossrail engeering apprentice, at Whitechapel in October 2017. Picture: Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

The further delay of Crossrail forced members of staff who were waiting for jobs at Romford station to resign.

In papers released on Monday (December 10) by Transport for London (TFL) it announced that some staff at Romford station resigned due to inactivity.

Under the operational and maintenance readiness section of one of the reports it states: “Operators have been sourced for Romford and are undergoing training.

“The problem with the Romford team is the time between being trained and actually implementing their skills may be so long that additional training is necessary.

“There have been some staff that have resigned due to the inactivity.”

It was confirmed by TFL on the same day that London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2 billion funding boost.

Giving an update on the Crossrail project, TFL said in a statement: “Crossrail Ltd announced in August that it expected the Elizabeth line to open through central London in autumn 2019, rather than December 2018.”

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