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Crossrail completes record breaking fortnight of milestones - page 5 of 5

Elizabeth and Victoria’s subterranean journeys under east London began at Limmo Peninsula near Canning Town at the end of 2012 and will finish at Farringdon later this year. At 8.3 km, this is Crossrail’s longest tunnel drive.

Crossrail’s western tunnels were constructed by contractor Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK). Ada’s 130 metre long trailer system will be removed from the tunnel via the Fisher Street shaft at Holborn.

Joint Venture Dragados Sisk is constructing the eastern tunnels between Limmo Peninsula and Farringdon, Pudding Mill Lane and Stepney Green and Victoria Dock Portal and Limmo.

Europe’s largest project

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and runs for more than 100 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Discussions are ongoing as to whether to build a spur line out to Stansted airport but this is all part of the planning for airport expansion in the South East so no decision has yet been reached.


Wacker Neuson supports
National Construction College

To support the training for underground construction, Wacker Neuson has sponsored four DF 16 rebar tiers to a new, purpose-built facility of the Ilford based Tunnelling & Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) providing training in the key skills required to work in tunnel excavation and underground construction.

Melvyn Parr (TUCA’s tunnel product manager), Simon Meades (Wacker Neuson), Steven Howard (Senior instructor for the National Construction College) and Kevin Ranshaw (Wacker Neuson).The construction equipment specialist has recently entered into a sponsorship deal with the National Construction College.

Melvyn Parr (TUCA’s tunnel product manager), Simon Meades (Wacker Neuson), Steven Howard (Senior instructor for the National Construction College) and Kevin Ranshaw (Wacker Neuson).

The sponsorship involved the supply of four of Wacker Neuson’s DF16 rebar tiers plus 15,000 ties which will be used by pre-employment students as part of a project to train individuals for work on larger UK construction projects.

In addition, product specialists from Wacker Neuson’s UK base in Waltham Cross will further assist TUCA by making regular presentations to students on related topics to ensure they are fully aware of the very latest construction equipment.

The cooperation resulted from an initial discussion at the 2013 Concrete Show in Birmingham where the company was an exhibitor. Commenting on the deal, TUCA’s tunnel product manager Melvyn Parr said: “This is a great opportunity for our students to benefit from using the new technology. We are really pleased that Wacker Neuson has recognised the importance of training students with the latest equipment and we can now look forward to giving our students exposure to the DF16.”

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