Rail investment brings business

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Business in South Yorkshire are being urged to follow the example of Sheffield-based ground engineering specialist Romtech and bid for work on the Crossrail project.

The project involves building 21km of twin tunnels under London, to create a new rail link between Berkshire and Essex, and contracts worth more than £5.5 billion have already been placed.

Brightside Lane-based Romtech has had to open a second factory in Mansfield and create 40 jobs to cope with the scale and complexity of the work involved in the £10 million worth of contracts it has won.

The contracts represent the single biggest piece of work the company has ever secured and involves supplying more than 10,000 tonnes of steel work for Crossrail projects at Bond Street, Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road in central London.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail is already helping to support employment in Yorkshire and Humber as businesses have benefitted from work connected to the project.

“Work on Crossrail is set to peak over the next two years, so it’s vital that businesses in the region seize the opportunities that Europe’s largest construction project has to offer.

“We want to make sure that firms of all sizes from right across the UK know about the business openings that will arise.”