During construction Crossrail is a major employer and offers a significant opportunity to develop a highly skilled workforce with people and businesses along the route. Significant investment in training and education continues to be a priority to help maintain the high standards required to deliver the project. This investment in developing a skilled workforce will extend beyond Crossrail to future projects in the UK.
Crossrail has the aspiration for zero accidents across the project in recognition that safety, security and health is paramount. Systems are in place to identify hazards and to reduce risk as much as possible for all those involved in the construction programme.
Increasing the proportion of the workforce that live locally to construction sites and ensuring local businesses understand the procurement routes and maximise their chances of winning work within the supply chain remains a priority. Crossrail and its Tier 1 contractors continue to support communities by contributing to local projects and initiatives that consider the wider impacts of responsible procurement.
Through its art programme, the Culture Line, Crossrail is working with sponsors and artists to deliver a visionary art strategy that will leave a legacy of public art in central London. This unique programme is part of a wider focus to regenerate areas within and around stations and enhance the passenger experience.
There are significant social benefits from a healthier and happier population. Good public transport makes a valuable contribution by allowing people to get around in reasonable comfort, minimising delays and improving the wellbeing of the population. Crossrail will improve the quality of the travelling experience in London by reducing congestion, shortening journey times, increasing London’s accessibility and improving links to international travel.