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Crossrail hopper collapse at Paddington

A hopper receiving muck from Crossrail’s tunnel boring machine near Paddington station collapsed yesterday forcing the closure of the adjacent railway line.

The hopper was collecting muck from Crossrail’s eastern running tunnel at Westbourne Park. Network Rail was forced to close the railway line next to the site and the Health Safety Executive has been advised.

A spokesman for Crossrail said tunnelling work was unaffected by the hopper tilt as there was capacity to stockpile excavated material.

He added: “During the transportation of excavated material from the tunnels to the freight trains, the hopper, which feeds excavated material into wagons at Westbourne Park, tilted into an individual wagon.”

Planning is underway to lift and remove the damaged hopper and conveyor belt section over the coming days.

No injuries occurred and no damage has been incurred to the GB Railfreight locomotive.

Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine broke ground near Paddington in May 2012, with completion of the section of tunnel between Royal Oak and Farringdon expected in late 2013.

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