– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary
This is great news for passengers across the capital and marks a significant milestone in the project.
Crossrail will provide a better and faster service for millions of commuters and will help create up to 30,000 additional jobs in central London by 2026.
Crossrail is a part of our long-term economic plan and one of the many rail infrastructure projects benefitting from record levels of Government investment.
Together with Thameslink, investment in rail in the North and a major electrification programme, we are creating jobs, boosting business and generating lasting economic growth across the UK.
- Transport for London said MTR was expected to employ around 1,100 staff with up to 850 new roles, creating many hundreds of jobs for local people.
- This will include some 400 drivers and more than 50 apprenticeships for people from communities along the route.
- It is estimated that Crossrail will also support the equivalent of 55,000 full-time jobs around the UK.
The £1.4 billion contract to run the Crossrail services has gone to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation.
MTR beat the likes of National Express and Arriva to win the concession, which will be for eight years with an option to extend to 10 years.