Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Career on Track with Crossrail; Tunnel Vision: Crossrail's Massive Ventilation Shaft under Construction at Moorgate

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Career on Track with Crossrail; Tunnel Vision: Crossrail's Massive Ventilation Shaft under Construction at Moorgate

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Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON

NOW that Crossrail has finally got the green light, the challenge beginsof sourcing the specialist construction and engineering staff to work on this,the world's biggest railway project outside China.

The [pounds sterling]16 billion scheme, which will link Maidenhead in the west with Shenfieldin the east, is still subject to the Crossrail Bill, now proceeding throughParliament and likely to receive Royal Assent by next summer.

It is predicted that Crossrail will create 30,000 jobs, contribute [pounds sterling]20 billionto the economy, and expand London's public transport capacity by 10 per cent.

With the London construction market already buoyed by the 2012 Olympics,Crossrail is looking to grow its own planners and maintenance engineers withthe help of a PR campaign and website for schoolchildren.

Young Crossrail contains stories from the Crossrail education programme whichhas been involving young people in the transport industry for more than fouryears.

Projects have included Parliament in Actionseeing the process of a hybrid bill going through Parliament; makingimprovements inside a station which is a listed building, and originatingbright and lively designs by primary schoolchildren for hoardings round aworksite.

The Young Crossrail programme will be increasing its commitment to encourageand interest young people in jobs in the engineering and constructionindustries.

Clinton Leeks, Crossrail's corporate affairs director, says: "We hope it willhelp bridge that gap between school and commerce and encourage young people tothink about a career in engineering, construction or allied industries." Tobuild the railway, many different skilled workers will be needed, fromdesigners to electricians to surveyors and painters. Works will includetunnelling, the creation of new underground platforms and ticket halls at newstations in central London. …

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