Work by Vinci Construction UK to install more than 700 piles to create the Crossrail portal structure at Victoria Dock has got started today.
“The Victoria Dock Portal will be a key part of the Crossrail route, forming a gateway from the existing surface railway in east London into the new tunnels being built beneath central London,” said Crossrail area director central Bill Tucker. “The start of construction at Victoria Dock is an important further step towards delivering lasting transport improvements for east London.”
The 20m wide, 13m deep and 371m long portal structure is scheduled to be completed in early 2014 ahead of the launch of the tunnel boring machine in summer next year, which will drive the single 1km long bore from the Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock.
Considerable work was needed to get to this stage of work at Victoria Dock, according to Crossrail with the main focus being the moving of 420m of tracks for the Dockland’s Light Railway during a Christmas track possession to make space for the new Crossrail route.