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Transport Secretary visits Nottinghamshire plant

The Transport Secretary and Derbyshire MP Patrick McLoughlin has visited the Laing O'Rourke plant where a new railway is being made before it is transported to London.

Patrick McLoughlin MP gets a guided tour of the Laing O'Rourke plant Credit: ITV News Central
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin talks to apprentices Credit: ITV News Central

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New London railway being built in Nottinghamshire

A jigsaw-style new railway is being made at Laing O'Rourke's plant in Worksop before it is transported 165miles to East London and assembled to form Crossrail's new Custom House Station.

A sample of the wall that will be outside the Custom House Station as part of the new London Crossrail route. Credit: ITV News Central

Up to 275 people at the site are currently working to provide sections of the Custom House station for London's £14.8bn Crossrail project.

Construction work inside the Laing O'Rourke plant in Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV News Central
Once covered in concrete, these steel struts will be used as pillars for the new Custom House station Credit: ITV News Central

Transport Secretary urges companies in Midlands to get involved in Crossrail opportunities

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin MP, and the Chief Executive of Crossrail, Andrew Wolstenholme, will visit the Midlands today to urge companies to get involved in the business opportunities that will arise in Crossrail's supply chain over the coming years.

A Crossrail worker inspects the first completed section of Crossrail tunnel Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The £100 million Laing O'Rourke plant is constructing large sections of Crossrail's new Custom House station before transporting them to East London where they will be assembled.

It is estimated that Crossrail and its supply chain will generate at least 75,000 business opportunities.

Midlands firms urged to continue with Crossrail opportunities

Work continues on the Crossrail site Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Companies in the East and West Midlands are being encouraged to continue making the most of opportunities from Crossrail, Europe's biggest construction project.

The £14.8 billion rail link across London is currently being built.

The project supported around 2,500 jobs in the Midlands last year.

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Crossrail contract could favour Derby train-maker Bombardier

Hopes that Derby train-maker Bombardier will win a £1 billion pound contract to build trains for the Crossrail project have been given a boost by the Transport Secretary.

The tendering process for the work to build carriages for the proposed line running through London has opened today.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said she was:

"keen to understand and communicate the benefit of this contract to the UK economy".

– Justine Greening MP, Transport Secretary

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