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.
Crossrail’s bespoke innovation programme, Innovate18, continues its promotion of new thinking and fostering new ideas, particularly in the field of sustainability. Several trials of innovative ideas were undertaken over the year.
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.
Social sustainability look ahead 2016-17
- Health and safety: Continue to promote the Target Zero ethos across the project by focusing on improving proactive health and safety initiatives. Develop a best practice guide and support the British Occupational Hygiene Society’s Breathe Freely initiative and its workplace management standard.
- Art programme: The 120 metre-long glazed canopy and artwork for Paddington station will be fabricated and installed in 2017.
- Innovate18: Discussions with other major infrastructure projects will continue to implement the migration of the Innovate18 programme as an industry-wide model. An official launch of is planned for the autumn, 2016.
- Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy: The Academy is evolving to include a training facility for rail operations and maintenance. The training will continue to be driven by industry needs.
- Learning Legacy: Learning Legacy papers will be published and disseminated. Crossrail will continue to work with the Major Projects Association, HS2 and Thames Tideway as part of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub working group to develop a standard for learning legacy programmes across the industry.