Crossrail in numbers: Costs and statistics from the ongoing project
Crossrail has certainly been one of the most high profile infrastructure projects that has ever been seen in the UK. It’s also one of the largest in Europe and has put the UK, and the UK construction industry, under a significant spotlight. As completion of the vast project looks like it might finally be in sight, what exactly has it taken to get it to this point? This is a breakdown of the costs and numbers for the ongoing Crossrail Project.
A huge workforce has been involved. Crossrail has required some 15,000 men and women since it first began back in 2009. So far more than 130 million working hours have been clocked up. It has also generated opportunities for the next generation of construction talent with more than 1,000 apprenticeships created.
The costs have been significant. The current total cost of the Crossrail Project comes in at around £15.4 billion. It is already running more than £600 million over budget.
£42bn to the economy
Crossrail is predicted to do wonders for the UK economy. In fact, it’s thought that it will add £42bn to the economy of the UK and provide support and momentum for a range of regeneration projects around London.
200 million passengers
The Elizabeth Line will take the strain off other systems, especially central London stops on the Central Line. It’s estimated that around 200 million passengers will use it every year.
45 minute commute
The line will improve commuter experience. It should mean that an additional 1.5 million people have just a 45 minute commute to major centres like Canary Wharf.
It’s a very long line. In total, the new London Underground line will have 41 stations. Many of the existing stations it will serve have been upgraded and there are 10 new stations that have been added to the line at key locations – Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood.
96% contracted to UK companies
The Crossrail supply chain has been good for UK construction. 96% of the Crossrail contracts went to UK based companies. More than half of the contracts were awarded to companies outside London.
42km of new tunnels
The tunnels created for Crossrail are vast. 42km of new rail tunnels were created by eight giant tunnel boring machines and more than 200,000 tunnel segments were used to line the new tunnels. Accessibility has been made a priority – all the new stations built for the Crossrail Project have step-free access.
55,000 new jobs
Crossrail has had an impressive impact on construction employment. Around 55,000 new jobs have been created and 75,000 business opportunities. This included more than 5,000 unemployed and local people taken on as a result of a Crossrail contractors and Jobcentre Plus partnership.
98% materials reused
Sustainability was also prioritised. Pollution reducing controls were fitted to roughly 85% of the construction machines used for the central part of the line and 98% of the material that was excavated for Crossrail was used positively somewhere else.
180,00 new homes
Crossrail could have an impact on house building. The construction of 90,599 new homes is predicted along the route by 2021 and 180,000 by 2026. The project has had a positive impact in London – but also beyond. Town centres such as Ilford and Ealing are being rejuvenated as a result.
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