Costs and statistics from one of London’s major projects
Crossrail has been one of the most prominent infrastructure projects the UK has ever seen. It’s also currently one of the largest projects in Europe and has brought the UK, and the whole UK construction industry a lot of attention.
As completion of the final stages of the project look to be coming into sight, we look at the figures behind what it has taken to get the Crossrail project to this point.
The costs have been substantial. The total cost currently stands at £15.4 billion. And it is already running more than £600 million over budget.
In total, the new London Underground line will have 41 stations. It’s very long. Many of the existing stations it will serve have seen upgrades and there is a total of 10 new stations that have been added to the line, all at key locations: Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood.
A massive workforce has been involved. Crossrail has required some 15,000 people since it first began in 2009. So far, over 130 million hours of work have been clocked up. It has also generated opportunities for the next generation of construction talent with more than 1,000 apprenticeships.
96% contracted to UK companies
The Crossrail supply chain has also been good for UK construction. Around 96% of the Crossrail contracts went to companies based in the UK. More than half of the contracts were awarded to companies outside London.
£42bn to the economy
Crossrail is estimated to make waves in the UK economy. In fact, experts think that it will add about £42bn to the economy and provide support & momentum for a range of regeneration projects around the city.
42km of new tunnels
The tunnels created for Crossrail are huge. 42km of new rail tunnels have been dug by eight giant tunnel boring machines and over 200,000 tunnel segments were used to line the them. Accessibility has been made a priority as well – all the new stations built for the Crossrail Project have step-free access.
200 million passengers
The Elizabeth Line is designed to take the strain off other systems, especially central London stops. It’s estimated that around 200 million passengers will use it every year.
45 minute commute
Crossrail will improve commuter experience. It will mean that an additional 1.5 million people have just a 45-minute journey to major centres like Canary Wharf.
98% materials reused
Sustainability was also at the top of the list. Pollution reducing controls were fitted to about 85% of the machines used for the central part of the line and 98% of the material that was excavated for Crossrail was used elsewhere.
55,000 new jobs
Crossrail has had an enormous impact on construction employment. Roughly 55,000 new jobs have been created and a further 75,000 business opportunities. This included more than 5,000 unemployed and local people taken on because of a Crossrail contractors and Jobcentre Plus partnership.