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Social Sustainability

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The construction and delivery of the Elizabeth line has supported tens of thousands of jobs all around the UK.

The Crossrail project 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 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.


  • The impact of the Crossrail project on the UK economy and employment has shown that businesses from around the UK have benefitted from work connected to the delivery of the new railway

  • More than 1,000 apprenticeships were created by Crossrail Limited, Network Rail, Alstom, and MTR Elizabeth line during the construction of the Elizabeth line, against a target of 400.

  • 20,000 people received training at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford, purpose-built by the Crossrail project. It is now operated by Transport for London and contains 'West Ilford' a mock station used for training Elizabeth line staff.

  • The Crossrail project established an accredited Tunnel Safety Card (TSC) in response to an industry need for standardised tunnelling health and safety training.

  • Over 44,000 students were taught about the project and engineering through the Young Crossrail programme that partnered with local schools along the route. Learn more about Young Crossrail on the Crossrail Learning Legacy.

  • Over 5,000 unemployed and local people were employed on the project thanks to a partnership between Crossrail project contractors and Jobcentre Plus.


THE TUNNELLING AND UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY

To assist with the skills required for the construction and delivery of the new railway, in 2011 Crossrail opened the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford. The Academy delivered training for over 20,000 contractors and apprentices giving them skills required for the Elizabeth line’s construction and skills which could be taken forward for future UK infrastructure schemes. Facilities at the Academy include classrooms, workshops, a mock construction tunnel, a gantry crane, construction locomotives, spray concrete lining facilities, concrete pump facilities, concrete testing facilities and a mock railway.

In 2017, the Academy was handed over to Transport for London and was converted into a training centre for Elizabeth line staff. The facility now includes a mock station called ‘West Ilford’ in addition to classrooms. The mock station includes a train carriage, track and tunnel, platform screen doors, customer information screen, gateline, help point and station operations room. 

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