By TfL Press Office
Transport for London (TfL) has today announced its intention to award the contract to operate Crossrail services to MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited (MTR). The £1.4 billion contract will be for eight years with an option to extend to ten years.
MTR will be a key partner in delivering the new Crossrail services connecting Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. MTR is expected to employ around 1,100 staff with up to 850 new posts, creating many hundreds of jobs for local people. This will include almost 400 drivers and over 50 apprenticeships for people from communities along the route.
Over the lifetime of the project, it is estimated that Crossrail will also support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs around the UK. The construction of Crossrail will generate at least 75,000 business opportunities across the country with 97 per cent of companies in Crossrail’s supply chain based in the UK.
When Crossrail services are fully operational they will increase rail based transport in the capital by 10 per cent and, along with the Tube modernisation, ensure TfL can continue to move people efficiently around London. Crossrail will set the benchmark for passenger experience on European metro services and achieve internationally recognised high standards of reliability, train frequency and customer service.
Crossrail will be fully integrated as part of the TfL network providing a fast, frequent service linking the east and west and relieving congestion on some of the busiest Tube lines. Passengers using Crossrail will see reduced journey times and the new stations will be integrated with existing London Underground, DLR, London Overground and National Rail stations making it easy for passengers to change between services.
RPD Ltd are looking forward to working with MTR to assist on moving forward