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Crossrail will create 75,000 business opportunities

Crossrail is scheduled to open in 2018 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Welsh companies are being urged to bid for business on Europe's biggest construction project, Crossrail. The company says the £14.8 billion project to build a rail link across London will create 75,000 business opportunities and it wants to encourage more Welsh companies to get on board.

Crossrail is already benefitting Welsh companies. Cardiff based Celsa UK has supplied 50,000 tonnes of steel. It's sent to depots in Cardiff, Neath and Newport where it's manufactured into steel cages destined for 10 Crossrail sites. The order has created 80 temporary jobs.

"A number of companies from Wales have already won work, but as we enter peak construction, it’s vital that firms from this part of the world continue to seize the opportunities that will be on offer,” says Terry Morgan Crossrail's Chairman who grew up in Cwmbran.

The drive to get more Welsh business involved comes after Wales failed to secure many contracts in the build up to the London 2012 Olympics. The Crossrail project is on a scale nearly double the size of the Olympics.