Crossrail has marked a major milestone in the construction of London’s new rail line with the lowering of a 550 tonne tunnelling machine into a 40 metre deep shaft in east London.
The delicate operation was undertaken ahead of tunnelling for Crossrail’s eastern section of the new rail line and required one of the largest cranes in Europe to lift the equivalent of 280 London taxis.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“The transformational force of Crossrail is now coming ever nearer to central London. With every twist of these giant boring machines we are unleashing the huge economic opportunities stemming from this ambitious infrastructure project. Furthermore, the construction of Crossrail’s eastern section is demonstrating London’s world-class engineering expertise and providing thousands of technical training and job opportunities.”
Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s Chief Executive added:
“This is a significant milestone for Crossrail’s progress in east London. When Crossrail is completed it will dramatically improve transport in east London and bring places like Custom House and Abbey Wood to within 20 minutes of London’s major employment areas.”