Crossrail released images to show how its £15 billion rail project is progressing last week. After all the years of talk and speculation it’s hard to believe the thing is really being built – although it won’t be completed until 2018. But as the pictures show, Crossrail is cutting great swathes across south, east and central London, and pretty impressive it looks too. New stations are under construction at Paddington, Bond Street (above), Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf, whilst on either side of the capital four huge tunneling machines (Ada and Phyllis in the west, and Elizabeth and Victoria in the east) have tunneled over 3km of tunnel to accommodate the stretch of the line.
There is also work underway to create a new 1,500 acre nature reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex using excavated material from Crossrail’s tunneling programme. And for those who aren’t train buffs (or commuters), there’s the archaeology works at various Crossrail sites to get excited about, including excavation of the Bedlam Burial Ground at Liverpool Street station where up to 4,000 skeletons from the 1600s-1800s are thought to be buried. Roll on 2018! Rebecca Taylor
See crossrail.co.uk for details.
Tottenham Court Road
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