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Crossrail publishes 2015 Sustainability Report

By Peter MacLennan

Crossrail publishes 2015 Sustainability Report

Crossrail’s latest sustainability report outlines the project’s economic, environmental and social successes since construction began in 2009 and looks at the sustainability credentials the new railway will have when fully open in 2019.

The fourth sustainability report published since the start of the project highlights:

  • 95 per cent of the contracts awarded by Crossrail were to UK companies with 61 per cent of suppliers based outside London
  • 4,115 local people from London's boroughs and/ or the previously unemployed are now working on Crossrail
  • Crossrail surpassed its target of creating 400 apprenticeships across the project
  • 8,039 lorry drivers attended a course on sharing roads with vulnerable road users
  • 98 per cent of excavated material removed from sites was beneficially reused with the vast majority transported by rail and boat significantly reducing the number of lorry journeys on the streets of London
  • 86 per cent of construction equipment in the central section of the route is fitted with emissions controls, up from 73 per cent of equipment in 2014
  • LED lighting will be used in all Crossrail tunnels and stations saving up to 38 per cent energy compared to fluorescent lighting

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Crossrail aims to deliver sustainability in every area of the programme, from energy efficiency, air quality and beneficial reuse of excavated material to investing in a skilled workforce and supply chain benefits.

“In the past year, we have made significant progress on our construction programme. We have surpassed a number of key targets, with 96.5% of construction and demolition waste reused, over three million tonnes of excavated material used to create a new RSPB wetland habitat, and over 400 apprentices recruited.”

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Crossrail is a blueprint for how major infrastructure projects should be run. This work is not just about bringing huge transport benefits to Londoners, it’s about creating economic benefits for the whole country. Europe's largest infrastructure project has already created thousands of jobs and seen millions of pounds spent with country-wide suppliers. It is proving yet again that investment in the capital reaps rewards for the rest of the UK.”

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “This is further proof that Crossrail is already creating a lasting economic, environmental and social legacy.  Investing in rail projects like this as part of our long-term economic plan is not only making journeys better, it is also generating new job opportunities, boosting business across the UK and supporting young people through apprenticeships."

Crossrail is a key contributor to London’s long term sustainability. Crossrail will add 10% capacity to central London’s rail network, reducing congestion on London Underground and National Rail. TfL-run Crossrail services through central London will commence in December 2018. An estimated 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.

Find out how we're building London’s new east to west railway sustainably.

Download Crossrail Sustainability Report, 2015


For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

About Crossrail 

This fourth annual report is a review of Crossrail’s sustainability performance in the financial year 2014/15. It covers the entire Crossrail programme which covers the surface works being delivered by Network Rail as well as the central London works being delivered by Crossrail Limited.

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase central 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