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Crossrail launches learning legacy portal

Crossrail has announced the launch of a new website to share insight gained during the planning, procurement and construction of London’s new rail route.

The new rail line – to be called the Elizabeth Line – will open in December 2018 but project promoter Crossrail believes that the wider UK infrastructure industry should benefit from the lessons learnt during the work.

Crossrail, Whitechapel

Lessons learnt

The new website draws together lessons learnt during planning,procurement and construction of Crossrail

“Passing on the lessons and good practice that we have learned at Crossrail is an absolutely essential part of raising the bar in the delivery of major projects,” said Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme. “With an unprecedented number of infrastructure schemes around the corner, now is the time to start sharing what we have learned so the UK can build on its reputation for delivering safely, on time and on budget.”

Crossrail’s Learning Legacy initiative seeks to collate knowledge and share good practice on a wide range of topics, including health and safety, project management, engineering and the environment.

The first tranche of material published on the dedicated website shares some of the early lessons that have been learned from the Crossrail programme and includes technical papers, peer-reviewed case studies and procedures. Crossrail has said that further material will be published every six months during the rest of the project.

Commenting on the availability of Crossrail’s experience, HS2 managing director Alison Munro said: “Projects on the scale of HS2 only come around once in a generation. That’s why it’s vital that we learn from Crossrail and apply the lessons to drive efficiency in our own build to help deliver the highest quality for all our passengers, stakeholders and communities along the line. And, in turn, we will pass on the lessons we learn, to the projects of the future.”

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