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London’s Crossrail project gets green light from Gordon Brown

London’s newest railway line has been given the go ahead by prime minster Gordon Brown. Here are some interesting facts about the largest engineering project in the northern hemisphere.

Crossrail is the name given to the soon to be built east-west railway line across London. Engineers are currently knuckling down to designing the underground tunnel sections. But it will be at least another 11 years before the £16bn project is complete.

Crossrail will be one of the largest engineering projects in Europe with plenty of work for engineering and construction companies. It will be an interesting and challenging project for a wide range of disciplines including: structural engineers, civil engineers, ground engineers, transport planners, environmental consultants and building service engineers.

London has seen thousands of years of development and redevelopment. The construction of a major infrastructure project such as Crossrail, above and below ground in the heart of London, gives rise to major concerns about ground conditions.

The movement of existing structures and also of those buildings that will be built in the near future, are a major consideration. This is where civil engineers and specialist ground engineers will play an important and pivotal role.

In addition, the ground along the Crossrail route maybe contaminated so must be removed or cleaned up by geoenvironmental engineers.

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