Crossrail bosses to advise Israel on mega project

Former Crossrail bosses are to advise the Israeli government on a new £33bn metro, planned for the city of Tel Aviv.

Crossrail managers have been contracted to advise on design, safety and standards, and sustainability on a huge infrastructure plan in Israel.

Grant Shapps confirmed the deal via a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Israeli counterpart, Merav Michaeli, yesterday.

Crossrail International, which was set up to sell UK expertise on rail following the Crossrail project, will provide the consulting itself.

Once built, the Tel Aviv metro will include 90 miles of track and 109 stations, stretching across three lines and serving three million people on a daily basis.

The announcement comes just days after it was announced that Crossrail’s Bond Street station would open by November. The station missed its original opening date and did not open when the rest of the Elizabeth Line went live.

A Costain and Skanska joint venture, acting as the main contractor for Bond Street station, was taken off the job in June 2020.

The Elizabeth line opened three and a half years late and was more than £4bn over budget.

Shapps said: “Following the successful launch of our iconic Elizabeth line earlier this year, this memorandum is a fantastic opportunity for our British engineers and advisers to share their ingenuity with Israel as they undertake their largest-ever rail project in Tel Aviv.

“It was a pleasure to visit the project site this week to see first-hand the ongoing work to build such a revolutionary transport hub, which will help millions of passengers get from A to B quicker, easier and more sustainably,” he added.

Crossrail International chief executive Paul Dyson said the consulting business aims to “share good practice, lessons learned and innovation” to other countries as they work on their own rail projects.

“Crossrail International is extremely proud to be a partner of this MoU, and to act as a conduit of UK knowledge, skills and expertise that will support the Israeli Ministry of Transport in the delivery of its transformational rail transit portfolio.”

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