In pictures: Crossrail’s amazing network of underground tunnels

Posted at 5:30 pm, March 1, 2013 in Transport
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You’ve seen the hoardings and the birds-eye-view shots of the Crossrail sites but what are they actually getting up to down there? Crossrail say that they have now hit the peak (as it were) of tunneling, having built more than three miles so far with the five trusty boring machines (Phyllis and Ada in west London, Elizabeth and Victoria in east London and Sophia in Plumstead) working 24 hours a day. The new Crossrail route will eventually stretch from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east passing through 37 stations. 

Here’s what’s been happening deep underground…

The view from inside one of the boring machines. Another two will be introduced at Plumstead and Pudding Mill Lane later this year.

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Here’s Sophia at Plumstead…

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Sprayed Concrete Lining will be used to build a total of 12km of platform tunnels and cross passages at stations along the Crossrail route. Below they are at Bond Street.

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Refurbishment works well underway at the 135 year old Connaught Tunnel in southeast London which will be brought back into use for Crossrail.

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When Crossrail finally opens in 2018, it will increase London’s rail-based transport network capacity by 10%. This is what’s happening down in Stepney Green…

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Spooky looking tunnels down beneath Whitechapel

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Crossrail is costing £15 billion and is currently Europe’s biggest construction project.Here’s more from Stepney Green

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This will be the ticket hall at Tottenham Court Road…

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Nice work guys!

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