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2013 Vol 3 No 2
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The Unseen London Marathon - continued

  • Tunnelling is underway beneath four central London station sites using Sprayed Concrete Lining ‘mining’ techniques – Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel
  • Sprayed Concrete Lining will be used to build a total of 12 km of platform tunnels and cross passages at stations along the Crossrail route.
  • The same is also underway at the huge 34.5 metres deep Stepney Green shaft in east London - one of Europe’s largest underground caverns which is large enough to fit 100 double decker buses.
  • The works are to allow the two eastern tunnelling machines to pass through the shaft later this year on their way to Farringdon via Whitechapel and Liverpool Street
  • Crossrail’s sixth and seventh tunnel boring machines will begin further tunnelling work in Plumstead and Pudding Mill Lane later this year.
  • Refurbishment works well underway at the 135 year old Connaught Tunnel in southeast London which will be brought back into use for Crossrail. A section of the Royal Docks will shortly be drained to allow major works later this year to open the tunnel from above for the first time since its construction in 1878.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s Chief Executive said: “With 26 miles of new tunnels to be built for Crossrail we are delivering our own London marathon beneath the streets of the capital. This is a huge and complex task with work underway 24 hours a day below London’s streets but our first few miles of tunnel are now completed.

These new underground images show the scale of transformation taking place beneath London and the essential new transport links being created with every metre of new tunnel built.”

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Stepney Green shaft tunnelling
Stepney Green shaft tunnelling

hitechapel Crossrail Station tunnelling works

Whitechapel Crossrail Station tunnelling works

Sprayed Concrete Lining at Hanover Square site_ Bond Street Crossrail station

Sprayed Concrete Lining at Hanover Square site_ Bond Street Crossrail station

Whitechapel Crossrail Station tunnelling works

Whitechapel Crossrail Station tunnelling works

Work at Connaught Tunnel

Work at Connaught Tunnel

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