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The Build: Crossrail

Crossrail is delivering the Elizabeth line, a 118km railway that will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via 21km of twin-bored tunnels under London.

When completed the Elizabeth line will bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London and increase the rail capacity of central London by 10%. It will link London’s key employment, leisure and business districts – Heathrow, the West End, the City and Docklands – enabling further economic development to take place.

Passengers will be able to travel between Heathrow to Tottenham Court Road in under 30 minutes from Paddington to Canary Wharf in a city-shrinking 16 minutes.

Crossrail has supported 55,000 jobs all around the UK. It has trained a new generation in underground construction skills through its academy. It has increased the number of young people entering the industry, recruiting over 1,000 apprentices, and has driven up health and safety standards. It has engaged people around the world by opening up its story of construction, archaeology, design and delivery.


In numbers

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  • The project has created at least 75,000 opportunities for businesses, generating enough work to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs.
  • More than 1,000 apprenticeships were created by Crossrail Limited, Network Rail, Bombardier Transportation and MTR Crossrail during delivery of the Crossrail programme.
  • 20,000 people received training at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford, which has now been taken over by Transport for London.
  • More than 5,000 unemployed and local people were employed thanks to a partnership between Crossrail contractors and Jobcentre Plus.