Milestone - Tunnelling Complete on Europe’s Largest Infrastructure Project - page 5 of 6
Waste material from Crossrail is being transported by river, to create Europe’s largest wetland.
Transporting by river and rail removed thousands of truck loads
from the streets of London and rural highways.
As many as five rail movements took place between Westbourne Park (western tunnels) and Northfleet transfer site per day at peak. Material from Crossrail’s eastern tunnels was shipped direct to Wallasea from Instone Wharf near Canning Town.
Five ships were dedicated to transport of Crossrail excavated material to Wallasea Island. In total, 1528 shipments delivered 3 million tonnes of excavated material.
Associated Works Progressing
As well as beginning to fit out the tunnel, construction is also advancing on the ten new Crossrail stations and on works above ground west of Paddington and east of Stratford. Over 10,000 people are currently working on Crossrail, including over 450 apprentices.
Wallasea Island - a legacy of Crossrail for the future protection of the environment and wildlife.
With the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, Farringdon will become one of the UK’s busiest rail hubs with direct connections to London Underground and upgraded and expanded Thameslink services.
This brand new interchange will transform the way passengers travel through London and the South East, providing more capacity and direct connections to three of London’s five airports and international rail services at St Pancras.
Crossrail will add 10% capacity to London’s rail network. It will serve 40 stations, connecting Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Crossrail services through central London will commence in December 2018. An estimated 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.
Job and Skills Creation
Over the course of the project, it is estimated that Crossrail and its supply chain will support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs across the country. More than 8,000 people have completed training at Crossrail’s Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford, which opened in 2011.
A total of 84,300 jobs were supported last year across the UK, through TfL’s investment programme and Crossrail. TfL and its suppliers have also created over 5,000 apprenticeship roles since April 2009.