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The impact of the Crossrail project on the UK economy and employment has shown that businesses from right around the UK benefitted from work connected to the delivery of the Elizabeth line.

  • 96% of contracts were awarded to companies based within the UK
  • The new railway has supported tens of thousands of jobs through the supply chain during construction, with further work for decades to come during operation
  • 62% of suppliers were based outside London
  • 62% of Tier 1 suppliers were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • 72% of Tier 2 suppliers were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Economic sustainability infographic


People in every region across the UK have helped to deliver the Elizabeth line. During construction, the Crossrail project has supported tens of thousands of 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.

Crossrail supply chain map, July 2018