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Paddington station contractor gives helping hand to Bayswater primary school

By Jack Day

Paddington station contractor gives helping hand to Bayswater primary school

Costain/Skanska Joint Venture, the contractor building the new Crossrail station in Paddington, has teamed up with local regeneration experts Paddington Waterside Partnership to help a local school.

Each week the Crossrail volunteers spend an hour reading with Hallfield Primary School pupils, helping them to gain a greater interest in reading and lifting their confidence.

Three reading volunteers from Costain/Skanska began their placement in April 2012, with three more volunteers due to start at Hallfield next term.

As well as helping pupils with their reading, Costain/Skanska is planning a facelift for the school’s toilets and washrooms over the summer holidays. Providing all the materials and labour, a team of ten volunteers will work solidly for two days to deliver modern, fresh and bright facilities.

Maria Martin, Business Manager at Hallfield Primary School said: “The School is very grateful for the support the volunteers give to our children. We are looking forward to this summer’s redecoration projects.”

In addition, Costain/Skanska staff have given talks on engineering to students at nearby Paddington Academy in support of their ‘Science Academy’ scheme.

Crossrail’s Community Investment Programme requires that all major contractors building the new stations and tunnels develop schemes that will deliver lasting benefits to the communities in which they are working.  Paddington Waterside Partnership uses its detailed knowledge of the area to identify and facilitate community investment activities.

Kay Buxton, Paddington Waterside Partnership Chief Executive said: “Costain/Skanska have really bitten the bullet at Paddington, rolling up their sleeves and getting involved with the local community at a number of different levels. This is genuine engagement, innovation and impact.”

James York, Community Relations Manager from Costain/Skanska said: “Leaving the pressures of work for just one hour a week and helping children to improve their literacy, is extremely gratifying.  It gives a real sense of perspective and I would certainly encourage others to make time and get involved.”

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About Crossrail:

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.