By BBC London’s Transport correspondent Tom Edwards: The crucial point to remember with these “opening dates” is no one actually knows when Crossrail will start operating. These dates are now an educated estimate but so many dates have come and gone that no one will trust the latest one.

The minister responsible makes this little appearance and escapes unharmed:

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed that a team of specialists will join the DfT to tackle delays to infrastructure projects caused by the pandemic.

The PM? Dunno…holiday?