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Staff from Crossrail project give local community centre a fresh lick of paint

By Nick Mann

Staff working on the Crossrail project have taken time out to redecorate the local Asta Community Hub in Newham.

In total, 32 employees from Taylor Woodrow, the contractor working on the renovation of Newham’s Connaught Tunnel, spent three days painting and decorating the interior of the community centre as part of a Community Investment initiative with Crossrail. It was a rewarding time, with much brushwork undertaken and plenty of tea and cake supplied by the grateful centre managers.

The Asta Hub provides a broad range of facilities right in the heart of the local community, including play and learning for pre-schoolers, life skills sessions for adults with learning difficulties, homework clubs, drama groups, music, media and photography sessions and much more besides. Later in the year it will host a wedding reception.

Tracy Smith, Asta Hub Manager said: “We’re really happy with the end results. The Hub looks and feels much cleaner and fresher thanks to the great work done by Taylor Woodrow.”

Steve Devey, from Taylor Woodrow said: “It’s great to be able to help out in the local community. We all had a great time getting the painting done and the regular supply of tea and biscuits certainly helped to keep us going.”

Crossrail and Taylor Woodrow will be working in the Silvertown / Newham area for the next two years and are committed to playing a responsible part in the life of the community. Crossrail’s Community Investment Programme will leave a legacy far beyond the life of the construction works, and help set the standard for future projects.

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Visit our Community Investment Programme section for information about other initiatives our contractors have invested in.

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.