Crossrail’s ambitious Community Investment Programme is the first of its kind for a major infrastructure project. It requires Crossrail construction contractors to donate their skills, time, money and expertise to bring lasting benefit to the communities in which they are working.
Crossrail remains committed to investing in local communities along the route through opportunities that arise from the construction programme. Community investment takes the form of a donation of skills, time, money and expertise to help bring lasting benefits to the local communities where Crossrail contractors work.
Each contractor working on Crossrail is required to provide a community investment plan customised to each specific community and their local stakeholders. Particular focus areas are education, renovation and refurbishment, social welfare, economic development and jobs.
In addition to contractor community investment programmes, Crossrail has its own programme targeted at local primary school children and their parents, through the Young Crossrail programme.
A key piece of work this year has been the development of a community investment toolkit. This has been in response to an observation that community investment has most benefit when it identifies and contributes to the main concerns and needs of the community that it is trying to help and support. There is also a need to provide consistency in the approach to identifying these needs and quantifying their value. It is expected that the toolkit will be used to inform future investment in local communities and it will be an important part of Crossrail’s learning legacy for future projects.
Gallery - Crossrail's community investment programme
Community investment is not just limited to the London boroughs. Crossrail delivery partner, Network Rail, has a range of volunteer activities. A total of 970 hours were donated through initiatives such as the Budding Brunels programme, the corporate community involvement service run by the Paddington Partnership. Network Rail plans to re-launch its volunteer programme to support the key future focus areas. Each project area will have a community investment plan with a focus on employee and contractor volunteering.
Click on the links to the right for more information about the many initiatives that our contractors have undertaken so far.