Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Crossrail starts on tunnelling home stretch

Excavation of Crossrail’s running tunnels is now 80% complete following the launch this week of tunnel boring machine Jessica from the Limmo Peninsula in east London.

The machine - named after Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill - has started excavating the shortest tunnel drive on the project, from the peninsula beside Canning Town station towards Victoria Dock Portal.

Jessica will create the 900m tunnel forming part of the south east spur of London’s new rail line. The tunnel begins from a 35m deep access shaft alongside the mouth of the River Lea, and will run to Victoria Dock Portal, where the Crossrail tracks reach the surface at Custom House station.

Jessica’s sister machine Ellie - named after Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds - will create the parallel running tunnel from Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock Portal later this year.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.