Crossrail has been an infrastructure project of huge ambition. Committing to the project was an expression of great confidence in the skills and ability of the UK’s construction industry.
The UK, like other countries, has been experiencing a shortage of skilled construction workers and engineers. Crossrail's goal was to promote careers in construction and engineering, to help address the skills shortfall by inspiring a diverse workforce.
A large integrated team has been essential to delivering Crossrail. The project has needed the very best expertise in civil engineering, design, systems technology and operations to deliver the build and prepare for live railway operations.
During construction, the project has been able to make a contribution quite distinct from the future railway. Crossrail has supported 55,000 jobs all around the UK. It has trained a new generation in underground construction skills through its academy. It has increased the number of young people entering the industry, recruiting over 1,000 apprentices, and it has driven up health and safety standards. It has engaged people around the world by opening up its story of construction, archaeology, design and delivery.
People, skills and legacy in numbers
- The project has created at least 75,000 opportunities for businesses, generating enough work to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs.
- More than 1,000 apprenticeships created by Crossrail Limited, Network Rail, Bombardier Transportation and MTR Crossrail during delivery of the Crossrail programme.
- 20,000 people received training at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford, which has now been taken on by Transport for London.
- More than 5,000 unemployed and local people employed thanks to a partnership between Crossrail contractors and Jobcentre Plus.
- Over 44,000 students taught about the project and engineering through the Young Crossrail programme that partnered with local schools along the route.