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Update on CrossRail Progress

Update on CrossRail Progress


(Images and video provided courtesy of CrossRail ©2012)

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Construction of first access shaft at Crossrail’s Bond Street station eastern ticket hall has been completed on schedule. Tunnelling contractor takes over huge access shaft at Bond Street

Construction of first access shaft at Crossrail’s Bond Street station eastern ticket hall has been completed on schedule. A horizontal crossover passage will now be built 25 metres below ground from the shaft to service two tunnel boring machines as they drive under Mayfair from Paddington to Farringdon later this year.

On 16 July 2012, contractor, Costain Skanska JV, successfully handed over the completed 12 metre wide, 24 metre deep shaft to the tunnelling contractor, BAM, Ferrovial Kier Joint Venture (BFK), to begin the first phase of station tunnelling works at Bond Street. The handover is an important milestone in the project’s Bond Street station construction and the tunnelling programme.

BFK will now move into another section of the Hanover Square work site and the two contractors will work side-by-side to construct the ticket hall and the tunnels below.

CSJV has completed the majority of the piles necessary to create the ticket hall box structure at Hanover Square. Excavation of the ticket hall box will begin when piling is complete.

A second shaft will soon be excavated next to Dering Yard to allow the construction of the platform tunnels once the TBMs have passed through the area. This shaft will allow all the necessary equipment and construction materials to be taken down to platform level during the enlargement of the platform tunnels for the new station. [CWMAGS]

Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine (TBM), Phyllis, has successfully reached Paddington, having travelled 750 metres from Royal Oak.Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine reaches Paddington

Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine (TBM), Phyllis, has successfully reached Paddington, having travelled 750 metres from Royal Oak. A second, TBM, Ada, has broken ground at Royal Oak Portal and commenced tunnelling towards Paddington.

Keith Sibley, Crossrail Area Director West said: “Our first TBM, Phyllis, has now successfully reached Paddington having carefully navigated under London Underground’s Hammersmith & City line and the Great Western Main Line. A second TBM, Ada, has now commenced tunnelling.

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