It has been a big year for Crossrail with many highlights across the project:
- We completed 42km of new tunnels under London
- Wallasea Island finished its current phase of work delivering a new wildlife sanctuary, with the help of three million tonnes of spoil from our sites
- The number of apprentices engaged on Crossrail exceeded 500, smashing our target of 400
- Over 10,000 artefacts and skeletons were uncovered on archaeological digs, contributing to London’s rich history.
Construction has continued to progress steadily over recent months. The Crossrail tracks have begun to take shape and a new fl eet of bespoke machines helping to fit-out the tunnels, stations, shafts and portals have arrived. This stream of work continues to present opportunities for the UK economy. Across the project, 95% of major contracts on Crossrail are let to businesses within the UK.
The 10 new stations being built in London have continued to demonstrate good progress. In the autumn, construction of Canary Wharf station was completed – the first station to achieve this milestone. This follows the opening of Crossrail Place, the multi-level mixed retail and leisure development above the station, which was opened to the public earlier in the year.
The Network Rail works being delivered for Crossrail reached the halfway point. These works are helping to prepare the existing rail infrastructure for the new service and includes station upgrades and other improvements along the route.
We had a glimpse of the 200 metre-long iconic Crossrail trains that will carry up to 1,500 passengers between Heathrow and Reading in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Looking ahead, 2016 will be a year of challenges and more key milestones. Station construction will move forward and the fit-out will continue along the route, paving the way for the railway to be brought to life.
Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO Crossrail Ltd
Moving Ahead December 2015: Crossrail’s quarterly update