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.


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.

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3 million

Over 3 million tonnes of clean earth from the new Crossrail tunnels helped to build a new RSPB nature reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex.


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


Facts and figures

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.

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10 million

With a population of nearly 10 million, London is Britain's largest city. It's also the third largest city in Europe, beaten by Moscow in Russia and Istanbul in Turkey.