Crossrail work nears halfway mark as noise complaints rise

 
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AS WORK on the £15bn Crossrail project nears the halfway point, a report out yesterday showed that accidents and noise complaints have jumped in the last year.

Crossrail said its accident rate “has risen higher than expected”, having reached 0.37 incidents per 100,000 contractor hours worked.

The cross-London project has sent lorry drivers on cyclist awareness courses and moved 85 per cent of the excavated dirt by rail and water to minimise the chance of an accident.

“Everyone at Crossrail, at all levels of our organisation, is taking action to address this as a priority,” it said.

The number of environmental complaints, which were mostly about noise and vibration from building work, rose by more than 100 to 444 in the last year, though Crossrail said it uses the “best practical means” to cut disruption. When completed in 2019, Crossrail will run from Maidenhead in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.