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Crossrail’s Thames Tunnel team begins main civil works at Plumstead Portal site to construct the launch site for our 3rd pair of tunnelling machine in November 2012.

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Crossrail’s Thames Tunnel team begins main civil works at Plumstead Portal site to construct the launch site for our 3rd pair of tunnelling machine in November 2012.

A giant diaphragm wall “grab” was required during excavation of the portal walls at Plumstead

Once the ground has been excavated, large, heavily reinforced concrete walls were installed.

 

Across the whole Crossrail project, eight tunnelling machines will construct 21 kilometres (13 miles) of twin tunnels under London. 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.

When Crossrail opens, up to 12 trains per hour during the peak will link southeast London and the Royal Docks with Canary Wharf, central London and beyond – and will enable local residents to get to and from London’s key employment areas much more quickly and easily.

Passengers in southeast London will benefit from some of Crossrail’s most significant time savings. With Crossrail, the journey from Abbey Wood to Bond Street will be around 20 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to shave around 40 minutes off their journey.

Crossrail’s Thames Tunnel team begins main civil works at Plumstead Portal site to construct the launch site for our 3rd pair of tunnelling machine in November 2012.The first two machines Phyllis and Ada were launched in May and August 2012 and are now tunnelling their way from Royal Oak in west London, via Paddington, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations, to Farringdon.

The third and fourth machines Elizabeth and Victoria were launched in December at Limmo Peninsula, next to Canning Town and are tunnelling beneath the River Lea and through the new station box at Canary Wharf on their way towards central London.

A giant diaphragm wall “grab” was required during excavation of the portal walls at PlumsteadTackling Congestion Must Be Nation-Wide

Contractors have welcomed the publication of the final report of London First’s Crossrail 2 Task Force as an important step to help tackle long-term congestion in the capital.

But the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) warned that the scheme must be part of efforts to improve transport nation-wide.

Commenting, CECA director of external affairs Alasdair Reisner said: “A scheme on the scale of Crossrail 2 will do much to tackle the major issue of congestion in London, which already costs the economy billions.

“However, equally major congestion issues will continue to arise elsewhere in the UK, with as negative effects on the economy. It is vital that investment to tackle congestion with such schemes is made in a balanced manner across the whole of the UK - particularly if schemes on the scale of Crossrail 2 are to be deemed acceptable by the public.

“Congestion is a major issue that has major consequences for the economy. It is vital for the health of UK plc that we take steps to address this issue in a timely and strategic manner across the country as a whole.”

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