Crossrail is the biggest construction project in Europe and one of the largest single infrastructure investments undertaken in the UK. From improving journey times across London, to easing congestion and offering better connections, it is set to change the way people travel around the capital.
The project involves connecting 40 underground and overground Crossrail stations, including 10 newly built stations. The new route created will run over 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Author of "Science and the City", Laurie Winkless has given WIRED Magazine a look behind the scenes at Crossrail.
With its December 2018 start date approaching, take a look what is going on beneath the streets of London as they build this fast and exciting new line.
Full article available on the Wired Magazine website
Over 10,000 people employed
Construction of Crossrail started in 2009 at Canary Wharf and the main civil engineering construction works are planned to complete in 2017. The fit-out of stations and testing will continue afterwards. It is then expected that Crossrail services will commence in central London in late 2018. This will be followed by a phased introduction of services along the rest of the Crossrail route over several months.
So far, nearly 70 million working hours have been completed on the Crossrail programme, with the project employing over 10,000 people across more than 40 worksites throughout London and the South East. A large percentage of these individuals are from the construction industry, including apprentices and other new entrants to the industry. Their knowledge and skills are vital to the success of the Crossrail programme and future construction developments.
Did you know...
London's new underground railway line, Crossrail, is the currently biggest single construction project in Europe.
Leaving a skills legacy
In fact, Crossrail has long been identified as a project that is not just about delivering a world-class new railway; it’s about leaving a lasting skills legacy for the construction and engineering industries. This focus has so far led to the creation of 450 apprenticeships during the construction of Crossrail, surpassing an original target of 400.
In addition, a Tunnel and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) has been established near Ilford. This involved Crossrail Ltd working with industry, professional bodies and other organisations to make sure the facilities and training at TUCA produced the skills needed for Crossrail and future tunnelling projects. It’s estimated that at least 3,500 people will be trained in underground construction at TUCA during the lifetime of the Crossrail project.
For further information, visit the website of Crossrail
Did you know...
There are 13 abandoned, derelict stations beneath London on the underground rail network.