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Crossrail material to go to RSPB

Material excavated to build Crossrail will be used to create a wildlife reserve in Essex.

Clay, chalk, sand and gravel taken from the central London tunnelling sites will be transferred by ship to Wallasea Island, which the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds will transform into 1,500 acres of tidal wildlife habitat.

Next week the RSPB will submit a planning application to Essex County Council to go ahead with the project.

Crossrail executive board director Keith Berryman said: “About 60 per cent of excavated material will be used there. The rest will go to the South East Regional Development Agency for raising ground prone to flooding that they want to develop.”