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The Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Transport recently revealed the giant 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machines that will carve Crossrail’s tunnels under the capital.

Progress on CrossRail

Giant tunnel boring machines ready to start Crossrail dig as the Mayor of London and the Transport Secretary reveal the first of eight tunnel boring machines that will carve 21 km of twin-tunnels under London

The Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Transport recently revealed the giant 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machines that will carve Crossrail’s tunnels under the capital.

Almost 40 years after the new railway was proposed, this marks a significant milestone in the delivery of a major transport infrastructure project set to add £42 billion to the economy and create thousands of jobs.

The first of eight enormous machines, each 150 metres long and weighing 1,000 tonnes, will begin their journey to the Royal Oak Portal in west London, from where they will start tunnelling 6.4 km (four miles) east to Farringdon via Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.

When Crossrail opens in 2018, it will increase London’s rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent, support regeneration across the capital and the south east, help to secure London’s position as a world leading financial centre, and dramatically cut journey times across the city. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add up to £42 bn to the economy as well as creating thousands of skilled jobs and training opportunities. More than 3,000 people are currently working directly on Crossrail, which is Europe’s largest construction project, and thousands more across the UK are working to provide materials and services.

The first of eight enormous machines, each 150 metres long and weighing 1,000 tonnes, will begin their journey to the Royal Oak Portal in west London, from where they will start tunnelling 6.4 km (four miles) east to Farringdon via Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. Over the next three years, eight tunnel boring machines will construct a total of 21 km (13 miles) of twin-bore tunnel under the capital. The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said: “This mammoth project has already delivered thousands of skilled jobs in London, and once complete will create significant extra capacity to help people travel around this great city, dramatically reducing journey times to support the economic resilience of our capital over decades to come.

“Crossrail is set to build upon the transport benefits Londoners are already seeing as a result of the Neo-Victorian level of investment that has flowed from the Olympics and the upgrades being delivered on the Tube. The sight today of these mighty tunnelling machines primed for action is a significant step forward in the construction of this vital infrastructure project.”

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