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Contractors World International Vol 6 No 1

Elizabeth Arrives In The

City Of London

Deep underneath London, Europe’s larg-

est construction project will soon enter

the second stage. Eight Herrenknecht tun-

nel boring machines have for several years

driven many kilometres of tunnel providing

a link for the west to the east of London.

Tunnelling is now virtually complete and the

focus moves to fitting our and building the

new platforms and access from street level.

T

he Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run

more than 100 km from Reading and Heathrow

in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13

miles) tunnels below central London

to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the

east.

When Crossrail opens, it will in-

crease London’s rail-based transport

capacity by 10%, supporting regenera-

tion and cutting journey times across

the city. Crossrail services are due to