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. 

 

16 London MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by Virendra Sharma MP which calls on the Government to maintain free travel for children and young people in the capital.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of constituents raising their concerns about accessibility at Dagenham East Station. Dagenham East is one of many Transport for London stations that is still yet to undergo upgrades to provide step-free access for residents.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP received a detailed and extensive plan from c2c regarding normal timetables resuming at Rainham and Dagenham Dock stations. 

C2c have stated that they will return to their full, standard weekday timetable from next Monday, 18th May 2020. This date was agreed with the Government in an industry plan jointly created with DfT over the past few weeks and is designed to provide the largest possible step-up in capacity at the earliest deliverable date that train operators are able to do this. 

 

Crossrail and TfL construction sites temporarily suspended, helping limit spread of coronavirus

The Prime Minister has announced unprecedented measures in the Government’s bid to halt the spread of COVID-19. Crossrail Ltd is a subsidiary of Transport for London and aligned with TfL’s policy and procedures for the management of the coronavirus risk.

 

The Freedom Pass is one of the flagship concessionary travel schemes in the country. It allows free travel across London and free local bus journeys nationally to older or disabled people who are eligible for the scheme.

On 31st March approximately 642,000 older person Freedom Passes are due to expire. There are several ways to renew, and most people will receive a notification from London Councils who administer the scheme.

 

On Monday C2C launched a consultation on their ticket office opening hours. The changes are the first since the mid-1990’s and the train operator has explained that with more customers using contactless payment, smartphones and the C2C smartcard the current ticket office opening hours are not sustainable given reduction in demand.

Details of the consultation can be found here: https://www.c2c-online.co.uk/media-centre/latest-news/ticket-office-consultation/ 

 

Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by Crossrail regarding the progress they have made over the last three months in line with their commitment to openness and transparency. The Elizabeth Line has suffered a number of setbacks which have delayed the launch, but Jon has been assured it is now in the final stages of completion.

 

Due to essential restructuring and resurfacing repairs, closures are planned on Gallows Corner flyover which will take place on the following dates: 

- Monday 19 August – Friday 23 August (09:30-20:00)

- Monday 26 August – Friday 30 August (09:30-20:00)

During this time the flyover will be closed. Access underneath the flyover will be maintained, however, we expect Gallows Corner roundabout to be extremely busy with delays of up to 30 minutes during the busiest times in the evening peak. 

 

This week the Chadwell Heath South Residents’ Association announced that Redbridge Council will be funding a project to install some very special clocks at Chadwell Heath Station.

The clocks will be in the style of the 1940s Magneta Time Company designs at Gants Hill, Bethnal Green, Redbridge and Wanstead London Underground Stations, to commemorate the forthcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line.

The full amount for £12,000 has been provided and Redbridge are now looking to extend their investment to cover neighbouring stations across Ilford South.

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