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NCE Live News Updates 13 June 2013: Second TBM reaches Canary Wharf

A second Crossrail TBM has reached the Canary Wharf station box; meanwhile the rail line between Hatfield and Stainforth is to reopen well ahead of predictions following a landslip.

12.30pm: The rail line between Hatfield and Stainforth is to reopen from 8 July 2013 after being closed for months due to a landslip.

The slip was first noticed on 9 February this year. Original estimates said the line would take until July to be repaired, but was pushed back to September following poor weather conditions.

Services will gradually be reintroduced to the line. Network rail aims to restore full service from 29 July.

“Because the rail line has been unavailable for so long we cannto run a full service from the first day the line is open,” said Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster. “We are working closely with operators to reintroduce services as quickly and efficiently as possible.”


12pm: Consultant Atkins has announced a 10% jump in operating profit for its UK business.

In the 12 months to 31 March 2013 the firms UK business generated an operating profit of £56.6M compared to £51.6M for the same period the previous year.

Staff numbers for the UK grew 5% to 9,374 on 31 March, although average staff numbers for the year dropped 1.4%.

“While future market conditions remain uncertain, we are building positive momentum and are starting to see growth opportunities return.” said the company in a statement.


10am: A second Crossrail TBM has reached the Canary Wharf station box.

The machine, named “Victoria”, joins another, “Elizabeth”, in the box. Both will undergo maintenance before continuing tunnelling.

Canary Wharf station breakthrough

Crossrail: The TBM is the second to reach the box in the last 2 weeks

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