ICE President Richard Coackley and Crossrail chief engineer Chris Dulake, at the “Ready to Dig” event marking the start of the Crossrail tunneling earlier this month.
Giant 1,000t machines each 150m long stand ready to carve 21km of twin tunnels under London. Coackley said it was “exciting” to see Europe’s largest infrastructure project get underway. “It’s a great day for Londoners and for civil engineering. If anything could excite and inspire young people to take engineering as a career, it’s a project like this,” he said.