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2012 Vol 2 No 8
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crossrailMonster lift sends east London tunnelling machines
40 metres underground

Crossrail has marked a major milestone in the construction of London’s new rail line with the lowering of a 550 tonne tunnelling machine into a 40 metre deep shaft in east London recently, ahead of the start of tunnelling for Crossrail’s eastern section of the new rail line.

The delicate operation required one of the largest cranes in Europe to lift the equivalent of 280 London taxis.

Perfect weather conditions were needed and the light winds and no rain allowed for ‘Elizabeth’ - the name of the latest TBM - to be moved underground.

Monster lift sends east London tunnelling machines



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