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Crossrail muck away starts

Following the launch of Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine at Royal Oak earlier this month, the first train load of excavated material has been transported towards Wallasea nature reserve.

The 13 wagon train carried 492t of excavated material from Westbourne Park to Northfleet in Kent from where it will be transported to Wallasea and used to construct a new bird reserve. Two further trains have since departed from the site and over the next six weeks there will be two trains a week before work is ramped up when three 27-wagon trains will operate per day to take away the excavated material.

More than 1M.t of material will be excavated from the twin 6.4km tunnels that will run from the Royal Oak portal to Farringdon station. Transporting the material by train will remove at least 50,000 lorry journeys from roads in central London.

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