Firms are urged to 'make the most' of Crossrail
BUSINESSES in Derbyshire are being urged to seize the opportunities presented by the multi-billion-pound Crossrail project.
The project will link Berkshire with Essex, via 21km of twin tunnels under London.
So far, more than £5.5 billion of contracts have already been awarded. But Crossrail Limited, which is delivering the scheme, has said that the majority of contracts are yet to be awarded.
Derbyshire firms already involved in Crossrail include Street Crane Co, based in High Peak, which has manufactured and installed 10 cranes and Laing O'Rourke, based in Steetley, will which be constructing Crossrail's new Custom House station.
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Derby train-maker Bombardier is currently bidding for the right to supply £1 billion of trains.
George Cowcher, chief executive of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Derby and its surrounding area is home to the largest cluster of rail-related companies in Europe and has the skills and expertise to deliver innovative solutions to more than match the requirements of the Crossrail contracts on offer.
"The chamber would urge all local businesses to make the most of the opportunities this investment has created."
Firms should sign up to the CompeteFor website or log onto Crossrail's website.