Crossrail completes tunnels in Docklands and southeast London
- Tunnel machine Ellie spectacularly finishes journey at Victoria Dock Portal
- Ellie completes her 900m journey in just six weeks, travelling as far as 46 metres per day
- The ‘final push’ begins on Crossrail train tunnels, now 87% complete, from Whitechapel towards Farringdon
Crossrail’s train tunnels in Docklands and southeast London are now structurally complete, following the breakthrough by tunnel machine Ellie at Victoria Dock Portal in east London.
Crossrail has also announced that tunnel machine Elizabeth has started the final push west from Whitechapel that will see her and sister machine Victoria complete Crossrail’s train tunnels at Farringdon in the next few weeks.
Tunnel machine Ellie had one of Crossrail’s shortest but most complex drives, 900m from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Victoria Dock Portal.
TBM ‘Ellie’ breaks throguh in Victoria Dock Portal
Ellie successfully navigated the Docklands Light Railway, Jubilee line and utilities, all in close proximity to the River Thames and River Lea. She completes a set of Crossrail tunnels in east and southeast London that stretch from Plumstead to Whitechapel, with an additional spur between Stepney Green and Stratford.