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How we're buying

This website provides suppliers, across all tiers, with visibility of both Crossrail Ltd (CRL) and its supply chain opportunities.

Crossrail has continued to monitor its critical construction contracts which are those that are awarded directly by Crossrail Limited. At the end of the 2015-16 reporting year, 96 per cent of these contracts were awarded to businesses within the UK and of those, 62 per cent were to suppliers based outside of London.

Crossrail opportunities will fall into two categories:

  • Direct opportunities with Crossrail Limited (CRL)
  • Indirect opportunities with the Crossrail supply chain.

The project has reached the stage where Tier 1 procurement is almost complete. No major Tier 1 contracts were awarded by Crossrail in 2015. One major contract remains to be procured in 2016 for the construction of the Plumstead Maintenance Facility.

Procurement still continues by Crossrail’s principal contractors, currently delivering the stations and tunnels fit-out works. To deliver these works, they are undertaking procurement and installation of complex mechanical and electrical equipment which requires new specialist expertise.


For opportunities with our Tier 1 Contractors, you may wish to contact them directly and they will individually advise you on how to work with them on Crossrail. 

The Crossrail suppliers and current opportunities database lists details of companies we have awarded contracts to so far.

Supply chain events and webinars

Our supply chain team hosts regular supplier engagement events and webinars to share information about forthcoming business opportunities.  

You can download the slides from our recent mechanical, electrical and fit-out opportunities below.

Download Crossrail Supply Chain - MEP contract opportunities webinar slides, 2015


CompeteFor is a free service that enables UK businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to major public and private sector buying organisations. Crossrail Ltd requires Tier 1 Contractors to advertise all other appropriate subcontract opportunities on CompeteFor.

Designed to be a fair and transparent procurement process it does not favour suppliers of any particular size and maximises the opportunities available to SMEs.

Over two years of construction remain and will continue to present opportunities for a diverse supply chain of businesses of all sizes. Crossrail will continue its commitment to encourage use of the CompeteFor service by its contractors.

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Direct Opportunities with Crossrail Ltd

Crossrail is a publicly funded project and is subject to The Utilities Contracts Regulations. Direct opportunities valued above the EU thresholds will be advertised through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

You will be able to find all Crossrail OJEU Contract Notices on the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) website and each notice will provide details of the particular opportunity and, for interested organisations, instructions on how to respond.

Our smaller direct contracts (below EU thresholds) will be advertised on CompeteFor.

Supplier Guide

The Supplier Guide aims to help all interested suppliers find out more about the Crossrail programme and related opportunities.

Download Crossrail Supplier Guide