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Progress on CrossRail - Page 2 of 5 >>>

The first tunnel boring machine will shortly get underway on its journey from Royal Oak to Farringdon via Paddington, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road

Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan said: “The start of tunnelling is a hugely significant and symbolic milestone. Massive progress has been made since the start of Crossrail construction in May 2009 with work underway at nearly twenty sites along the route. Crossrail will bring significant economic and transport benefits to London and the south east with hundreds of British businesses now part of the Crossrail supply chain.”

Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “The first tunnel boring machine will shortly get underway on its journey from Royal Oak to Farringdon via Paddington, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road and will arrive at Farringdon in autumn 2013. Further machines will be launched later in 2012 and beyond. The extent of the tunnels to be built under London are on a scale not seen for many years. By late 2014, over 21 km of twin-bore tunnel will have been constructed.”

More than 50 UK companies are supplying materials and services for the construction of Crossrail’s western tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon. Thirty-five of those companies are based outside London. Companies such as DAM Structures in East Yorkshire, Eaves Machining in Bolton and Servaccom Redhall in Hull are already benefiting from Crossrail’s construction.

DAM Structures, a steel fabrication company, plans to increase their workforce from 45 to 65 people by the end of the year as a direct result of their work on Crossrail while Servacomm Redhall who produce prefabricated buildings have just taken on ten additional employees.

Another 4,000 opportunities are yet to be advertised – providing huge economic opportunities for London and UK businesses to get involved in Crossrail.

Excavations began last year at the massive caisson at Limmo Point, Canning Town - gatewaye for two TBMSMachines named after public vote

Crossrail launched a tunnel boring machine naming competition in January, inviting the public to submit pairs of names for the competition, receiving a total of 2,500 entrants.

A Crossrail panel then shortlisted 10 pairs of names and invited the public to vote for their favourite pair - 4,374 people voted.

The first tunnel boring machine will be named Phyllis after Phyllis Pearsall who created the London A-Z. She walked 23,000 streets and a total of 3,000 miles to compile the map.

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Excavations began last year at the massive caisson at Limmo Point, Canning Town - gatewaye for two TBMS

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