Construction workers work on a section of train track inside a Crossrail tunnel, beneath Stepney in east London in 2016

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The railway, from Berkshire to Essex via central London, was due to open fully in December 2018, but repeated delays have pushed it back.

London’s Crossrail project has been hit with fresh delays and may need an extra £450m, its board has said.

Known as the Elizabeth Line, it was initially due to open in December 2018.

Crossrail’s board met on Thursday and said the line’s central section, running between Paddington and Abbey Wood, would be ready to open “in the first half of 2022”.

The Mayor of London is said to be “deeply disappointed” with the latest delay.

Transport for London’s new commissioner, Andy Byford, has been asked by City Hall to review Crossrail’s latest plans including any extra money that the project may need.

The new date comes after the team behind the project said last month that the route would not meet its then-summer 2021 target opening.

Crossrail’s CEO Mark Wild explained that the project is in its “complex final stages”.

“It is being completed at a time of great uncertainty due to the risks and potential impacts of further Covid outbreaks,” he added.

“We are working tirelessly to complete the remaining infrastructure works so that we can fully test the railway and successfully transition the project as an operational railway to Transport for London.”

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