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New pictures give bird's-eye view of Crossrail construction

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Aerial images showing the development of Crossrail projects across London have been released.

Between 2013-15, work on the Crossrail project will be at its peak.

Milestones will include:

  • The launch of Sophia, Crossrail’s fifth tunnelling machine in January, followed by a sixth tunnelling machine, Mary, this summer.
  • Construction of the new Crossrail Custom House station will get underway;
  • The eastern tunnelling machines will break through into Canary Wharf station box this spring before making their way towards central London;
  • The western tunnelling machines will pass through the sites of major new Crossrail stations, starting with Bond Street followed by Tottenham Court Road;
  • Major infrastructure works on the surface section to help increase capacity on the existing rail network, including construction of a new fly-over close to Heathrow, a new rail-underpass in Acton and the rebuilding of existing rail bridges to provide room for overhead electric equipment for the new Crossrail trains;
  • A section of the Royal Docks will be drained to allow major works on the Connaught Tunnel to commence and involve opening the tunnel from above for the first time since its construction in 1878;
  • Continued progress by Canary Wharf Group on the four-storey retail development above the new Canary Wharf station, including the start of work on the timber lattice roof in late 2013;
  • Completion of the first Crossrail tunnels by the end of 2013 – the 6km western section between Royal Oak and Farringdon;


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