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Crossrail at Civils 2009

Crossrail is exhibiting at Civils 2009 - the UK's largest civil engineering event being held at Earls Court 2, London on 25-26 November.

This is the fourth year in a row that Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering project, has exhibited at the prestigious Civils event. There will be new visuals and information on display as well as the usual excellent networking opportunities.

Visitors will be able to get the latest news about the project as well as talk to members of the team on a wide range of issues including procurement, skills, jobs and the construction timetable.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director, will be speaking at Civils on Thursday 26 November and will give an in-depth review of progress on Crossrail since construction started on 15 May at Canary Wharf and a look forward to the coming year.

Andy Mitchell said: "Civils is an important date in the calendar. It is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments within our sector and provides Crossrail with the ideal platform on which to promote this wonderful project."

Crossrail can be found at stand D24.

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For further information:

Alick Whitfield, Crossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552
alickwhitfield@crossrail.co.uk

Notes for Editors

Crossrail Progress

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, granting the powers to build the railway, and Crossrail construction began on 15 May 2009 with work commencing at the new Crossrail Canary Wharf station. The main construction programme begins along the route in 2010.

Since works began at Canary Wharf Crossrail has been moving rapidly ahead and progress includes:

• Works at Tottenham Court Road East commenced on 18 May with the demolition of the Astoria Theatre site completed on schedule.
• Compulsory Purchase Notices issued and property acquired at Tottenham Court Road West.
• Tender issued for £500m London Underground works at Tottenham Court Road. The shortlist of companies has invited to tender was announced on 10 July, 2009. The contract for the Crossrail works at Tottenham Court Road will be advertised at a later date.
• Crossrail Visitor Information Centre opened at Tottenham Court Road.
• European Investment Bank announced £1 billion loan to TfL for Crossrail.
• Giken piling completed on schedule at Canary Wharf and work has commenced on constructing a cofferdam in the North Dock.
• Islington Council approves plans for Crossrail/Thameslink station at Farringdon.
• Preparatory works by Network Rail have commenced at Farringdon with the deconstruction of Cardinal Tower.
• Central area station and portal design contracts have been let.
• OJEU notices for the first two tunnelling contracts have been issued
• Crossrail confirms that some 4 million m³ of excavated materials will be transported to Wallasea Island in Essex for the creation of a new bird and wildlife wetlands reserve.
• Crossrail and Port of London Authority sign memorandum of understanding for removal of excavated materials by river.
• Site in London Boroughs of Newham and Redbridge acquired and OJEU issued for construction of Crossrail Tunnelling Academy.

Crossrail is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London.

About Crossrail

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 rail-based 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 will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East after the new railway opens in 2017. A study published in February 2009 assessed the key benefits including faster journey times, reduced and public transport congestions, improved productivity and higher earnings. When the results are modelled for just one year - 2026 - the annual economic benefit across all of London's boroughs is estimated at £1.24bn at 2008 prices.

A tunnelling academy is due to open in 2010. Up to 14,000 people are estimated to be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project.

Preparatory works will continue throughout 2009 with the main construction programming starting in 2010 and tunnelling in 2011. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.