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Aerial images reveal Crossrail progress

New aerial images released by Crossrail give an early glimpse of the major new railway being created across London and the southeast. The images were released as Crossrail outlined its key delivery milestones in 2013 as the project moves into the peak of construction between now and 2015.

The aerial images show the progress and huge transformation at Crossrail sites in central and southeast London including:

  • Flagship new Crossrail stations under construction in central London and Docklands - Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf
  • Tunnelling sites on either side of the capital where four huge tunnelling machines (Ada and Phyllis in the west, and Elizabeth and Victoria in the east) were launched in 2012. Over 3km of tunnel has been constructed to-date.
  • Work underway to create a new 1,500 acre nature reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex - the largest new wetland nature reserves in Europe for 50 years – using excavated material from Crossrail’s tunnelling programme
  • Huge excavation works to create the 25 metre-deep station box at Woolwich along with the completion of the Plumstead portal where tunnelling machines will burrow beneath the Thames to create part of Crossrail’s south-eastern section
  • A purpose-built temporary factory at Old Oak Common in west London which is producing 75,000 concrete tunnel segments to line Crossrail’s western tunnels
  • Refurbishment works at the 135 year old Connaught Tunnel in southeast London which will be refurbished and brought back into use for Crossrail
  • Over 20 million hours have been worked on the project so far with 7,000 people now working at over 40 sites across London and the southeast
  • Over 1,000 people have passed through the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford, east London – the centre of excellence for tunnelling set up in 2011

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