- 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.
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