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Crossrail appoints DHL to minimise impact of construction on central London

By Jonathan Baggs

Crossrail today announced that DHL Exel Supply Chain, one of the world's leading logistics services providers, will shortly begin work on a logistics study to minimise the impact of Crossrail's construction on central London. The study will determine the most efficient way for materials and equipment to be delivered to key central London construction sites while also ensuring smooth traffic flows.

Main construction works for Crossrail are due to begin in 2010 and include 21 km of twin-bore tunnels constructed underneath central London with major new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Isle of Dogs.

Keith Berryman, Executive Director, Crossrail said:

"Crossrail is vitally important to meeting London's future transport needs and such is the scale of Crossrail that it will be the biggest construction project in Europe with central London a key focus of activity. All construction projects by their very nature will result in some degree of disruption but it is critically important that the impact on central London is kept to a minimum while Crossrail's construction is underway.

"We have commissioned this logistics study by DHL to identify how materials should be delivered to construction sites in central London. DHL will develop solutions that do not adversely impact economic activity, which is a key concern for the Mayor and Transport for London, business groups and other stakeholders.

"This logistics study by Crossrail is consistent with TfL's London Freight Plan which aims to deliver a step-change improvement in how freight is delivered around London including the delivery of construction materials to construction sites. By carefully planning how construction materials will be delivered we can also eliminate unnecessary lorry journeys which benefits London through less congestion but also through lower CO2 emissions."

This study will see DHL design and configure supply chain solutions for the central area of the Crossrail route over the next five months and recommend design solutions for the implementation of the supply chain. This will include plans for a logistics 'control tower' that will co-ordinate supply movements and consolidation centres where construction materials are delivered in bulk prior to being delivered to construction sites as and when needed. The study will also include recommendations relating to transport between construction sites and traffic management issues.

Jonathan Shortis, Business Development Director Industrial, DHL Exel Supply Chain UK, said:

"We are confident that we can deliver cutting edge solutions that can be implemented immediately and help keep London moving during the construction of Crossrail. As the leading provider in logistics with strong experience in offering large scale, inter-modal transport management and consolidation operations, we are well placed to support this exciting project."

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Crossrail media enquiries: Jonathan Baggs, Media Relations, 020 3229 9552 jonathanbaggs@crossrail.co.uk

DHL media enquiries: Luke Baines, DHL Press Office, 020 7413 3332 luke.baines@hillandknowlton.com

Notes to Editors

About Crossrail

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, this gives the powers to build the railway. On 24 July 2008, Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL) was appointed the lead Nominated Undertaker for the delivery of the railway.

Since then, Crossrail has been moving rapidly ahead and progress includes:

  • New Crossrail Board appointed with four non-Executive Directors.
  • Terry Morgan appointed non-Executive Chairman with effected from November 2009. Recruitment for Chief Executive Officer is underway.
  • Compulsory Purchase Notices issued at Tottenham Court Road.
  • Tender issued for £500m London Underground works at Tottenham Court Road along with trial trenches and utility diversions to enable main construction to commence early 2009. The contract for the Crossrail works at Tottenham Court Road will be advertised at a later date.
  • Signing of funding agreements with BAA, the Corporation of London and the Canary Wharf Group.
  • The main agreements underpinning governance of Crossrail were signed on 4 December 2008.

Crossrail is promoted by CLRL and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London on 5 December 2008.

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens in 2017 it will increase London's public transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail's £15.9 billion funding package was announced by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 5 October 2007. Royal Assent was achieved on 22 July 2008. CLRL was appointed nominated undertaker for the construction of Crossrail on 24 July 2008.

Preparatory works for Crossrail will begin in 2009 with main construction starting in 2010. It is scheduled to open for service in 2017.

About DHL

DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.

DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.

DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros in 2007