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Economic sustainability infographic

Crossrail is the largest construction and civil engineering project in Europe. There are a large number and variety of opportunities for suppliers of all sizes to get involved and play a part in creating this new world-class railway.

Our website provides companies with the basic information needed to find and understand Crossrail business opportunities.

We are working with some of the biggest names in UK construction as well as hundreds of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the UK, who make up their supply chains.

Our suppliers

The impact of Crossrail on the UK economy and employment show that businesses from right around the UK are benefitting from work connected to Europe’s largest construction project.

  • 96% of contracts have been awarded to companies based within the UK
  • Crossrail is generating enough work to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs throughout the project and its supply chain
  • 62 per cent of suppliers are currently based outside London
  • 62 per cent of Tier 1 suppliers are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • 72 per cent of Tier 2 suppliers are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Thousands of people are currently employed in building Crossrail and further jobs are being supported through the supply chain in London and across the UK.

We maintain a supply chain map that is used to monitor the overall distribution of work across the programme. This follows best practice from the London 2012 Olympics.

By mapping the geographic distribution of contracts we can demonstrate the economic impact that the Crossrail programme is already having on UK business.

Mapping of our supply chain data is already showing that:

Interactive supply chain map

Our interactive supply chain map shows the location of some of our construction contractors who are supplying goods and services to the Crossrail project.  Click on the image below to view our interactive supply chain map.

If your business is supplying goods or services to the Crossrail project and you’d like to be included on the map, or if you would like to amend or remove your business from the map, please contact

Work for businesses of all sizes

It has been important for Crossrail to attract a wide and diverse base of potential bidders for Crossrail work and ensure businesses in the UK, irrespective of size and location, are aware of the opportunities available.

Crossrail works with all of its major contractors to keep track of the location and size of companies that bid for project work. Since the start of the project, UK companies have been engaged on the programme with many winning multiple contracts. Many of these contracts are awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The railway systems and mechanical and electrical work stream of the construction programme has seen a further increase in the proportion of SMEs on the programme.

Our regional case studies highlight just some of the businesses across the UK who are already benefitting from work related to Crossrail.

Crossrail supply chain map, July 2016

Three point plan for businesses looking for Crossrail work:

  • Sign up to the CompeteFor website. A bit like an online dating service for businesses, the website automatically matches suppliers to opportunities that suit them and allows them to apply for contracts quickly and easily.
  • Go to the current opportunities section of the Crossrail website to see the latest summary of all the direct contracts awarded and download a supplier guide - designed to help businesses find out more about Crossrail and how to become a Crossrail supplier.
  • Get in touch with your recognised trade association, many of which are in contact with Crossrail about the opportunities available for the sectors that they represent.