The extension of London Underground’s East London Line, a key part of the 2012 Olympic Games plans, should be able to avoid the pitfalls of previous big infrastructure projects and open on time, according to one of the project’s senior managers. Financial Times

The project took two steps forward over the festive period with the closure of the existing line from December 22 for a complete overhaul and work being carried out to demolish a viaduct over Network Rail’s main line into Liverpool Street, which was obstructing the new line’s route. The demolition was successfully completed, although Network Rail was late reopening the main line.

The £1.4bn scheme, the UK’s largest rail construction project, is part of plans by Transport for London, the London mayor’s transport body, to create an orbital railway around the capital to carry commuters to destinations such as Canary Wharf.