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£5.5bn of Crossrail contracts creating jobs and business opportunities around the UK

By Nick Mann

£5.5bn of Crossrail contracts creating jobs and business opportunities around the UK
  • All parts of the UK benefitting from Crossrail contract awards
  • Crossrail generating enough work to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs throughout the project and its supply chain
  • 43 per cent of businesses winning Crossrail work currently based outside London and the southeast
  • 58 per cent of businesses in Crossrail’s supply chain are SMEs

The impact of Crossrail on the UK economy and employment is revealed today as new statistics show that businesses from right around the UK are benefitting from work connected to Europe’s largest construction project.

To date, Crossrail has awarded direct, tier 1 contracts with a value of more than £5.5bn, which in turn are contributing to the creation of at least 75,000 business opportunities covering the project’s direct contractors and their supply chains.

New figures published today by Crossrail show that: 

Throughout the project and its supply chain it is estimated that enough work will be generated to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs.

Companies right across the UK are benefitting. Of the contracts monitored by Crossrail, 43 per cent of businesses winning work are based outside of London and the southeast and 62 per cent are based outside the capital. Click below to download a map of businesses that have benefitted from contracts related to Crossrail.

Download Crossrail supply chain map, March 2013

It’s not just large companies that are benefitting. To date, 58 per cent of businesses in the project’s supply chain that have been monitored by Crossrail are small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).

Crossrail is also urging businesses around the UK to seize the opportunities that the project has to offer. The majority of contracts throughout the supply chain are yet to be awarded as the project’s main contractors still need to buy a wide range of goods, works and services from companies of all sizes.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Crossrail is proving to be a much needed boost for a range of industries, creating and safeguarding jobs and providing tens of thousands of opportunities for UK businesses.

“Crossrail will not just benefit London and the southeast - the project’s economic benefits are being felt well beyond the confines of the M25. Firms right across the UK are winning business on the back of Europe’s largest construction project. Work is set to peak over the next two years, so it’s vital that businesses continue to seize the opportunities that Crossrail has to offer.”

The Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business said: “Crossrail is the type of project that will help the UK build a stronger economy by improving our infrastructure and creating jobs across the country. With over £5.5bn of contracts awarded and 75,000 business opportunities throughout the supply chain, this is now the time for the UK’s small and medium-companies to capitalise."

Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport said: “These new figures show just how much major transport projects like Crossrail boost the economy. Crossrail is not only transforming London’s travel system, it is delivering benefits for the entire country and the wider business opportunities are enormous.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I have long championed the fact that investment in infrastructure in the capital means investment, growth and jobs for the entire United Kingdom. Crossrail is the perfect example, with this innovative and game changing London transport project delivering thousands of jobs across the length and breadth of the UK.”

John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Crossrail is the perfect example of the benefits that come from investment in the UK’s transport infrastructure, and we hope its success is replicated in future infrastructure developments across the country. Although based in London and the south-east, Crossrail has created business confidence, jobs across the country in the medium term, and will improve the UK’s competitiveness in the long term. A project of this magnitude should benefit the whole country and we are delighted that the economic benefits are being felt across the UK.”

Businesses that have benefitted from work related to Crossrail include:

Express Reinforcements: Based in Neath, south Wales, this firm manufactures steel cages to reinforce concrete which have been used at ten Crossrail sites. The work has resulted in the creation of 80 temporary jobs and many more have been preserved.

Street Crane Co Ltd: Based in High Peak, Derbyshire, has manufactured and installed ten cranes on the Crossrail project, weighing in at 180 tonnes with an equivalent overall length of 19 double decker buses end-to-end. Up to 60 employees were involved in the Crossrail contracts.

Cleveland Bridge, based in Darlington, County Durham, has supplied Crossrail with 2,500 tonnes of steel, which has gone to Bond Street and Canary Wharf stations.

Crossrail has today issued a three point plan for businesses looking for Crossrail work:

  • Sign up to the CompeteFor website. A bit like an online dating service for businesses, the website automatically matches suppliers to opportunities that suit them and allows them to apply for contracts quickly and easily.
  • Go to the suppliers section of the Crossrail website where they can see the latest summary of all the direct contracts awarded and download a supplier guide, which is designed to help businesses find out more about Crossrail and how to become a Crossrail supplier.
  • Get in touch with their recognised trade association, many of which are in contact with Crossrail about the opportunities available for the sectors that they represent.

Crossrail supply chain map, July 2018


For further information or for more case studies from all regions of the UK contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

Notes to editors

Crossrail has awarded direct, tier 1 or principal contracts of over £5.5bn. In turn, subcontracts are let down through a series of tiers throughout the supply chain.

Crossrail monitors all contracts won at tier 1. Crossrail also monitors contracts to tiers 2 and 3, but is only able to capture a certain amount of the activity that is taking place.

The figures available to Crossrail show that, to date, 1701 UK businesses have secured work connected to the project.

Of these 650 are based in London and 977 are based in London and the southeast.

1475 companies throughout the supply chain have provided Crossrail with their size. Of these 850 are SMEs and 625 are large companies.

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.