Crossrail project reaches critical milestone

CrossrailThe Crossrail project has reached a critical milestone – tunnelling is now finished and the programme is over 65 per cent complete.

Elizabeth and Victoria, Crossrail’s last two tunnel boring machines, completed their final journeys at Farringdon marking the end of three years of tunnelling.

Since 2012, teams of over 10,000 men and women and hundreds of apprentices have been working to help create London’s new underground tunnels.

This big east-west breakthrough brings the Crossrail project a significant step forward in delivering London’s new railway.

Construction of the 10 new Crossrail stations has continued alongside tunnelling. The first piece of the station concourse bridge was installed at Whitechapel and a temporary station is being built to allow the construction of a new Crossrail station.  At Bond Street, excavation to a fourth level below ground at the eastern ticket hall was completed.

Network Rail work to upgrade existing infrastructure is over a third complete. A new one-mile section of track between Plumstead and Abbey Wood has been laid. As part of the Crossrail programme over the next few years, Network Rail will improve many stations on the route, deliver  major upgrades to tracks and signalling systems and build a brand new station at Abbey Wood.

The first above station development linked to the Crossrail project opened at Canary Wharf in May. Crossrail Place, which spans four levels above the future Canary Wharf Crossrail station, houses a mix of retail, leisure and public space including a striking rooftop garden.

From summer, the focus of Crossrail construction shifts to fitting out the railway. New teams, apprentices and a new set of machines will help turn the underground tunnels and stations into an operational railway.

At the same time, Crossrail will continue to work closely with its partners to deliver 30 station improvements, 12 above station developments and urban realm improvements across the entire route.

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