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Transport infrastructure projects

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 7th May 2020.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

Please provide a full list of all transport infrastructure projects in London (including new initiatives, planned improvements and renovation work) that have been delayed, rescheduled or cancelled since May 2016.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak and its impacts, Transport for London’s (TfL’s) annual investment programme totalled some £1.3bn on new capital investment and £0.6bn on capital renewals. As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, all constructions projects have been brought to a safe stop, which will impact some delivery schedules. The length of the current lockdown and the extent of the financial impact on TfL are not yet know; hence the impact on project delivery cannot yet be assessed.

As schemes within the investment programme are developed, it is not uncommon for their scope or timings to change as a greater understanding of the requirements, challenges and opportunities become known. This is a reflection of effective, ongoing project management.

Even before the coronavirus crisis, TfL faced a number of financial challenges, including adapting to the loss of a direct central government operating grant for day-to-day running costs. The delay announced by Crossrail Limited to the opening of the Elizabeth line and the subdued national economy, which has affected passenger demand on public transport nationally.

As detailed in TfL’s quarterly Investment Programme Report (IPR) and papers considered by TfL’s Programmes and Investment Committee (PIC), TfL has had no option but to make difficult decisions on affordability grounds to ensure that safety-critical and reliability schemes continue to be delivered and front-line services protected.

TfL updates its Business Plan every year to ensure it can respond to emerging financial circumstances. Schemes that have been subject to material revision through this process and in response to the pressures outlined above include:

Our business planning approach reflects the fact that project timetables can change – often due to complex procurements, responding to issues raised through consultation and other external factors including using over-programming. Schemes that have been materially impacted by external factors include Oxford Street pedestrianisation and some cycle superhighway schemes which did not obtain approval from boroughs and so could not proceed

Detail of the progress in the delivery and financial performance of projects are reported in TfL’s published Investment Programme Report and in Programme and Investment Committee papers.