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Students tackle the challenges of Crossrail construction

By Philippa Siguencia Winnings

As the Crossrail project moves forward students at schools along the route have been thinking about the effects of construction on local people.


Primary and secondary school students have submitted posters, poems and even raps as part of a competition advising on the possible dangers around worksites and ways to avoid them.

The winning entries were announced on Thursday 22 January at an award ceremony held at the Crossrail headquarters in Victoria.

Richard Morris, Crossrail Managing Director Delivery, said: “Once again the standard of the entries has been exceptional. It always gives me the greatest of pleasure to acknowledge the efforts that the students have put into their entries. I congratulate them all and particularly the winners for their terrific designs, artwork and poetry.”

Prizes were also awarded for a second competition which asked students to submit their ideas for the design of hoardings that will be placed around the worksites when work begins later this year.

Valerie Todd, Crossrail’s newly appointed Resources & Talent Director attended the event and was very impressed by the imagination and level of knowledge demonstrated by the winning students.

Valerie commented: “Across London communities will be impacted by the building of the railway. Safety on and off our construction sites is our major priority. It is heartening to see that many of the students living along the route are already aware of potential worksites dangers.

“I’m extremely excited to have joined the project at this crucial stage. I am looking forward to working with and involving many more young people in the project as the railway’s construction begins.”

Prize winners and highly commended recipients came from schools in Fulham, Newham, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Ealing, Redbridge, Windsor and Maidenhead.

Shan Khalid, aged 11, from Newham, Sujit Aktar, aged 10 from Tower Hamlets, Ayaat Jaway, aged 13, and Tarik Habak, aged 11, both from Fulham, were chosen as overall winners of the two competitions.

They were presented with Ipod nanos and Fizzbook laptops and all the runners up received Crossrail goodie bags.

For further information please contact:

Philippa Siguencia Winnings, Crossrail media projects officer: 020 3023 9512, e-mail: [email protected]

Notes for Editors

The regular competitions are featured in Crossrail’s ‘The Link’ newsletter which is delivered to 300,000 young people at schools along the route and is part of Crossrail’s ongoing programme of involving young people in the development of the railway.

The programme works in partnership with over 700 local schools within one mile either side of the Crossrail route.  Students take part in a range of curriculum based activities designed to help them acquire a better understanding of Crossrail and to stimulate interest in a career in construction, engineering and the built environment whilst also being a part of their educational progress.

Crossrail received Royal Assent in July 2008.

Funding agreements with BAA, the Corporation of London and the Canary Wharf Group were all signed in the autumn of 2008. The main agreements underpinning governance of Crossrail were signed on 4 December 2008.

Work at Tottenham Court Road and at Canary Wharf will commence this spring. Main construction works for Crossrail along the route are due to begin in 2010.

Crossrail will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels under central London connecting key stations including Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Isle of Dogs (Canary Wharf) and on to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the East.

When complete, the railway will operate 24 trains per hour in each direction through central London during peak times. This will provide substantial new passenger capacity and crowding relief, particularly on the Central and Piccadilly lines.

As Europe’s largest construction project, the delivery of Crossrail will provide a boost of at least £20bn to the UK economy as well as generating an extra 30,000 jobs. It will also help secure London’s position as a world leading financial centre by delivery a 10% increase to the capital’s rail capacity when it opens in 2017.