A FIFTH of the jobs on a £15billion rail project tipped to revive the UK’s shattered economy have been handed to FOREIGNERS.
The Crossrail scheme to build a new line under London was hailed as a massive boost for employment at its 2009 launch.
Yet despite Britain’s jobless rising to 2.5million, figures released to The Sun reveal that 93 of the 507 employees so far taken on by Crossrail are not UK nationals.
Campaigners fear the percentage of foreigners will be even HIGHER once sub-contract labourers are included.
Up to 14,000 will work on the project at its peak in the next three years. UKIP last night said “skilled and disenchanted” Brits should be given first chance to fill the roles.
Crossrail will run 73 miles from Maidenhead and Heathrow to the west of the capital and pass through 37 stations to Shenfield in the east.
Services are due to open in central London in 2018.
Bosses originally tried to block The Sun from getting the job figures but they caved in when we used Freedom of Information laws.
Of the 93 foreigners, 39 come from other European countries, 20 are from Africa, seven from Asia and the rest from the US, Australasia and even Colombia. All are legally entitled to work here.
UKIP trade spokesman William Dartmouth said the problem could only be solved by seizing back employment laws from Europe.
Crossrail said: “We are proud to have a workforce which reflects the diversity of London.”
It said the project was creating opportunities for firms all over the UK, supporting tens of thousands more jobs.