MPs seek NAO Crossrail probe

The chair of the Commons public accounts committee has written to the comptroller and auditor general to undertake an investigation into the Crossrail project.

Meg Hillier has asked Sir Amyas Morse for the National Audit Office to investigate Transport for London’s (TfL) flagship project, which is facing almost a year’s delay before coming into operation.

“This request follows on from the Written Ministerial Statement of 26 October which announced that the Department for Transport would be providing TfL with a £350m interim payment in order for the project to continue,” said the letter.

She asks for the probe to examine the governance of the project, “including what information was available ton officials and when”.

Sources have warned that the impact of the Crossrail delays could affect TfL’s ability to deliver not only Crossrail 2, but also puts a question mark over the Silvertown tunnel project.

With the government having recently scrapped the PF2 model, some experts have questioned whether the government would stand behind Silvertown’s design, build, finance model in the event that similar delays and problems were to emerge on that in the future.

Investors bidding for the Silvertown project have previously insisted that they remain comfortable with the project, including the level of risk involved.