A number of contractors are understood to be requesting additional payments
Crossrail Ltd has denied that negotiations with contractors fitting signalling and electrical systems and facilities on the new cross-London rail route are putting on-time delivery of the £14.8bn scheme at risk.
It is understood that a number of contractors have told Crossrail they would need to bring in additional staff because its procurement arrangements did not allow sufficient time to complete works to schedule. They have requested additional payments as a result. However, Crossrail’s position is that no further funding is available.
Sources close to the project indicated that if the situation is not resolved it could lead to services through the Crossrail tunnel starting at least a year later than the planned start date in December 2018.
However, Crossrail denied that there were any significant issues with its contractors or that negotiations would affect delivery of the project to schedule and budget. “Our principal contractors remain confident that they and their supply chains have the skills and resources in place to continue the successful delivery of the project,” a spokesman said.
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