Construction industry of the United Kingdom

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The construction industry of the united kingdom contributed gross value of £64,747 million to the UK economy in 2004.[1] The industry employed around 2.2 million people in the fourth quarter of 2009.[2] There were around 194,000 construction firms in Great Britain in 2009, of which around 75,400 employed just one person and 62 employed over 1,200 people.[2] In 2009 the construction industry in Great Britain received total orders of around £18.7 billion from the private sector and £15.1 billion from the public sector.[2] While manufacturing in the United Kingdom shrank as a proportion of the economy between 1948 and 2013, replaced by the service sector, construction remained relatively flat at about 6% of the economy.[3]

As of 2012, the largest construction project in the UK is Crossrail. Due to open in 2018, it will be a new railway line running east to west through London and into the surrounding counties with a branch to Heathrow Airport.[4] The main feature of the project is construction of 42 km (26 mi) of new tunnels connecting stations in central London. It is also Europe's biggest construction project with a £15 billion projected cost.[5][6]

Prospective major construction projects include either expansion of London Heathrow Airport or expansion of Gatwick Airport, construction of the High Speed 2 rail line between London and the West Midlands, and construction of the Crossrail 2 rail line in London.

Remains of an old Railway Bridge, Ballybrannon Road, Armagh awaiting to be reconstructed if the line from Portadown to Armagh is reopened.

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  1. ^ "United Kingdom National Accounts The Blue Book 2006" (PDF). 2006-08-22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-29. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "Construction Statistics Annual 2010" (PDF). Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Seven things you need to know about the UK economy". The Guardian. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Crossrail Regional Map". Crossrail Ltd. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Crossrail's giant tunnelling machines unveiled". BBC News. 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Leftly, Mark (29 August 2010). "Crossrail delayed to save £1bn". The Independent on Sunday. London.