A new exhibition; Breakthrough: Crossrail’s tunnelling story has been unveiled at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
The event will give visitors an experience of London’s hidden subterranean landscape bringing to life the sheer scale of the work being done to deliver Crossrail.
Visitors will experience the tunnel environment, learn about the way Crossrail is burrowing under London, play interactive tunnelling games and hear the first hand experiences of those who work underground.
The exhibition will feature a large, five metres high, walk-through installation of a cross-section of a Crossrail tunnel to allow visitors to experience what it might be like to stand in a tunnel which is under construction deep underground. The tunnel will contain a computer simulation of a giant boring machine in action, just like the one being used to dig Crossrail’s tunnels.
Crossrail’s tunnel network will be joined up for the first time in spring this year when Tunnel machine Elizabeth reaches Farringdon in the big East-West breakthrough. The new line will run for more than 100km from Reading to Heathrow in the west, and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via central London.
Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said:
“Crossrail will dramatically change how people travel across London and I hope the exhibition will give people a taste of the new tunnels and stations to come.”
Sam Mullins, Chief Executive at London Transport Museum, said:
“I am sure visitors to the Museum will enjoy finding out more about Europe’s largest infrastructure project at our latest exhibition.
“The exhibition will give people an idea of what it’s like to build large tunnels under our busy streets. Children and adults can experience first-hand of how it feels to stand in a giant Crossrail tunnel by checking out our tunnel installation in our ‘Coming soon to London’ gallery space.”