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Crossrail welcomes LSC funding

Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman of Crossrail Ltd today welcomed the announcement by Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson that the Learning & Skills Council (LSC) is to provide £5 million of funding for a new tunneling and underground construction academy.

Mr Morgan said: “We are delighted to receive £5 million in funding from the Learning & Skills Council. This is great news for the programme and great news for the tunneling and underground construction industry. This decision means we can now progress our plans to build this fantastic training facility, which the industry so urgently needs.”

The academy will be sited in Aldersbrook Sidings in Newham. Construction will commence later this year and is expected to be fully operational by the end 2010, beginning of 2011.

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