The Crossrail project is classified as a Mega Infrastructure project to allow people to live outside of the main central London area yet still have realistic commute times into the work places. Crossrail itself is made up of 42Kms of new tunnels directly beneath the centre of London, which will accommodate full size over ground trains to deliver people from their local stations in places like Maidenhead Berkshire, Shenfield Essex and Abbey Wood Kent so that they can access the London underground system of metro trains. The cost of Crossrail is almost £15 Billion pounds and is due to accept its first paying customers in 2019.
The iPS tunnel department began tendering to all the main contractors during late 2011 and supplied our first employees in 2012 when actual work commenced. Our first contract was for two sections (the C300 Running Tunnels and C410 which involved creating a new station at Bond Street).
Also in 2012 we won contracts with two different JV’s for the upgrade of Tottenham Court Road station and Victoria Station upgrade, while not actually part of the Crossrail route, they will provide an interface between the existing metro and the new Crossrail line.
In 2013 iPS won a contract to supply people for the new Farringdon Station in the east of London which will accept commuters from Essex.
2014 saw us start work on the Whitechapel station upgrade where new access tunnels and ventilation were created, this work was for our fourth different client.
In total iPS provided personnel to 5 of the 7 projects that made up the entire Crossrail project.
To this day, we still have people working on the Farringdon Station and Victoria Station upgrade.
During excavation construction of the Liverpool Station a number of skeletons were found which were dated to belong to the Roman-era. The skulls uncovered beneath a London railway station may have belonged to decapitated 1st century rebels. Around 20 Roman skulls have been found under Liverpool Street station. They were discovered below the 16th century Bedlam burial ground. Archaeologists think they were washed downstream by the River Walbrook. The Walbrook tributary runs under the middle of the City of London.