Jon Cruddas MP has received an update from the Crossrail Ltd Board following this week's announcement that the central section of the Elizabeth Line could not open in summer 2021.

The Board explained that delivery of the Elizabeth line is now in its final stages and is being completed at a time of great uncertainty due to the risks associated with further Covid outbreaks.

Last week c2c announced to customers the outline details of a significant engineering project near Rainham, which means c2c will only be able to run a restricted timetable for 16 days in late July and early August - including during the working week.

This is a TfL project, to construct the junction between the existing railway line and the new London Overground extension to Barking Riverside.

Over the past few weeks constituents have been raising their concerns, and voicing their outrage regarding the recent announcement by Transport for London and the government to increase rail fares in January next year. Many Londoners are already struggling to make ends meet and this is another increase to their already high cost of living.