Crossrail’s lead tunnel boring machine has this week has reached the site of the future Bond Street station in central London.
The machine, known as “Phyllis”, has tunnelled 3.2km eastwards from Paddington to reach the station’s western ticket hall.
Two of the ticket hall’s five levels have been excavated and the teams are expected to reach tunnel level later this year.
“Phyllis’ arrival at Bond Street is a significant milestone for Crossrail and within the next few weeks she will mark the halfway point in her tunnel journey,” said Crossrail Programme Director Andy Mitchell.
“When completed Crossrail will provide essential new links and additional transport capacity with an extra 1.5M people able to reach Oxford Street within 45 minutes. These transport improvements together with the new commercial space created above the station will help boost the West End’s position as a thriving cultural and retail destination”