Crossrail is one of the biggest railway infrastructure projects in Europe and is one of the largest single investments undertaken in the UK. The Crossrail project is delivering the Elizabeth line.
Since the construction of the new railway began in 2009, over 15,000 men and women have worked on the project and over 120 million working hours have been completed. Over 1,000 apprenticeships have also been delivered by the Crossrail programme. Connecting Reading and Heathrow to London and the City. Journey times to Canary Wharf will be less than an hour from Maidenhead.
Crossrail is the first project of this scale to consider sustainability from the beginning and embed sustainable thinking into its decision making. This summary reflects on the sustainable achievements of the project. In depth case studies about each of the sustainability initiatives outlined are available on Crossrail’s Learning Legacy website to for the benefit of future projects and industry.
Following the opening of the central section, full services across the Elizabeth line from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east will be introduced.
Crossrail published the sustainability strategy in 2009 as construction of the Elizabeth line began at the Canary Wharf site. The strategy set a path to ensure Crossrail would make a positive contribution to the UK by promoting sustainable transport choices and supporting a sustainable pattern of growth in London and the Thames Valley.
Delivery of the Elizabeth line is now in its complex final stages and is being completed at a time of great uncertainty due to the risks and potential impacts of further Covid outbreaks.
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