HS2 take note: Crossrail finally takes shape after 11 years and £2billion ...

HS2 take note: Crossrail finally takes shape after 11 years and £2billion pounds over budget... as deputy chief steps down Crossrail's deputy chief Chris Sexton, who was paid £230,707 in 2017/18, will step down from the project He will be replaced by former HS2 phase one managing director Jim Crawford, who was paid £393,000 The 73-mile railway built between Berkshire and Essex was meant to open in December 2018 initially 

By Luke Andrews For Mailonline

Published: 20:49 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 21:24 GMT, 14 February 2020

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Crossrail is finally starting  to take shape after 11 years and costs spiralling more than £2billion over budget as the beleaguered HS2 rail project continues to be dogged by delays.

Workers were seen putting the finishing touches to station at Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Paddington along the 73-mile line today - although it is not expected to open until 'summer 2021'.

It comes as the £18billion project's deputy chief Chris Sexton, who was paid £230,707 in 2017/18, is replaced by former HS2 phase one managing director Jim Crawford, who was paid £393,000 while working on the national rail project which has seen estimated costs balloon to more than £88billion.

The Crossrail line - which will be named the Elizabeth line in the Queen's honour - was expected to open in December 2018 after costing the public £15.9billion. 

However, continued delays and cancellations have repeatedly forced back the completion date and driven up costs. When open, the line will run underneath London between Berkshire and Essex. 

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