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Crossrail publishes 2016 Sustainability Report

By Andrew Dempsey

Crossrail publishes 2016 Sustainability Report

Crossrail’s latest sustainability report outlines the progress the project has made on the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the infrastructure that will become the Elizabeth line.

The fifth Sustainability Report published since the start of construction in 2009 highlights:

  • 84 per cent of construction machinery in the central section were fitted with pollutant reducing emission controls;
  • 98 per cent per cent of material excavated from sites was beneficially reused;
  • 573 apprenticeships have been created on the project, almost 50 per cent more than the original target of 400;
  • 27 per cent of new apprentices enrolled in the past 12 months are female;
  • 4,544 local people from London boroughs and / or the previously unemployed have found employment on Crossrail;
  • Over 15,000 people have received training at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford; and
  • 96 per cent of the contracts awarded by Crossrail were to UK companies with 62 per cent of suppliers based outside London.

Download Crossrail Sustainability Report, 2016

Download Crossrail Sustainability Report Highlights, 2016

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “The Crossrail programme has continually sought to raise the bar in sustainability. As the fit-out of the new railway advances, businesses across the UK continue to secure work on the project and use the opportunity to create apprenticeships and help their staff obtain new skills. Our environmental initiatives, such as the control of machine emissions and the beneficial reuse of excavated material, clearly demonstrate how big infrastructure can play a role in meeting the UK’s commitments.” 

The Crossrail project is a key contributor to London’s long term sustainability. The Elizabeth line will add 10% capacity to central London’s rail network when it opens in December 2018, reducing congestion on London Underground and National Rail. The TfL-run railway will be fully integrated with London’s existing transport network and carry an estimated 200 million passengers each year.

Crossrail Sustainability Report 2016 Infographic


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

This fifth annual report is a review of Crossrail Limited’s sustainability performance in the financial year 2015/16. It covers the entire Crossrail programme, including the surface works being delivered by Network Rail as well as the central London works being delivered by Crossrail Limited.

About Crossrail

The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.