The impact of Crossrail on the UK economy and employment has shown that businesses from right around the UK benefitted 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% of suppliers are currently based outside London
- 62% of Tier 1 suppliers are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- 72% of Tier 2 suppliers are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Creating jobs across the UK
People in every region across the UK have helped to deliver the Elizabeth line. During construction the Crossrail project has supported 55,000 jobs all around the UK. It has trained a new generation of engineers in tunnelling, underground construction and railway engineering through its purpose built academy. It has recruited over 1,000 apprentices, injecting new talent into the construction industry.
We maintained a supply chain map that was 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 could demonstrate clearly the economic impact that the Crossrail programme has had on UK business.