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Target Zero

Target Zero into Operation

Safety is Crossrail’s number one value.  Nothing is so important or urgent that we can’t do it safely.

Target Zero is our key to ensuring a world-class Health and Safety standard across the programme, protecting the work environment and keeping everyone safe. Crossrail is in the complex final phase of the project, and Target Zero has been updated to reflect this.


Target Zero is based on three core principals:

  • We all have the right to go home unharmed every day
  • We believe that all harm is preventable
  • We must all work together to achieve


An operational railway has a different risk profile compared to a construction environment, so measures have been taken earlier this year to induct all on-site staff on the behaviours expected of them under ROGS.

As we transition from Trial Running and into Trial Operations, the final phase of the programme before revenue service starts, these principles remain of the utmost importance. Although operationally different from the construction phase of the project, Target Zero remains imperative for everyone on the Crossrail project.


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The Golden Rules have been created in partnership with the Crossrail workforce. The shared aim is to provide a common set of behavioural rules that underpin safe and healthy working.

The rules have been set to provide clear and concise direction and to inspire people to take greater personal responsibility for health and safety, as the Crossrail project transitions from construction to an operational railway.

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Respect the basics

  • Turn up fit and ready for work
  • Plan and prepare for your task safely
  • Observe pedestrian routes, signage and area restrictions

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Assess the risks

  • Know your means of escape and the boundaries your work place
  • Stop, report and review if things change or don't look right
  • Consider the health impacts of every task

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Check the site

  • Keep all walkways clear
  • Look out for hazards - don't walk by
  • Keep your work area tidy and consider the other work areas you could impact
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Follow work area rules

  • Follow workplace rules
  • Comply with the safe systems of work
  • Do not enter exclusion zones or prohibited areas
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Support each other

  • Speak up, if you think something might be wrong
  • Share your observations at daily briefings
  • Always watch out for everyone at work