A commemorative stamp celebrating the engineering behind Crossrail has been issued by Royal Mail, despite the project running £2.8bn overbudget and scheduled to be delivered around two years late.
The Crossrail stamp is one of 10 stamps introduced to celebrate feats of British engineering in the last 50 years.
Other stamps include the Falkirk Wheel – the world’s only rotating ship lift – and the three-way catalytic convertor.
The Crossrail stamp features an image of a tunnel boring machine, used to excavate 21km of tunnels in London.
The honour comes just one week after Crossrail bosses revealed a revised six month window for the opening date of the Elizabeth line, ranging from October 2020 to March 2021. The line was scheduled to open in December last year and has subsequently risen in cost to £17.6bn.
A spokesperson for Royal Mail said Crossrail was selected due to the “monumental engineering challenge” of delivering the line.
“We consulted with the engineering profession on the huge range of engineering activity the UK excels at, from micro-electronics to large scale civil engineering. When considering a stamp to represent achievements in UK civil engineering, Crossrail was identified as the biggest construction project in Europe,” the spokesperson said. “The scale and the precision of the engineering work mark this project out as exceptional.”
Royal Mail head of stamp strategy Philip Parker: “British innovation in engineering is world renowned. This stamp issue proudly celebrates the projects and inventions which showcase this, as well as demonstrating the extraordinary range of disciplines that British engineers excel in.”
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