Final Shipment Of Earth Arrives At Wallasea Island
By Andrew Dempsey
- Excavated material from Crossrail’s tunnels and stations is being used to create RSPB nature reserve at Wallasea Island, Essex
- 1528 shipments have delivered 3 million tonnes of excavated material
- Nearly 80% of material transported by rail and water, removing approximately 150,000 lorries from London
- Partnership with RSPB is a key part of Crossrail’s sustainability strategy
The last shipment of excavated material donated by Crossrail to one of Europe’s largest nature reserves has arrived at Wallasea Island in Essex. In a landmark partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), 3 million tonnes of material excavated from deep below the capital is being used to create a flagship wetland nature reserve twice the size of the City of London, and one of the UK’s most innovative flood defence systems.
The delivery marks an important countdown for Crossrail and the RSPB. With over 40 km out of 42 km tunnels complete, Crossrail is on track to link all its rail tunnels with the big east/west breakthrough at Farringdon.