Work has begun on Crossrail’s Victoria Dock tunnel portal in east London.
During the Christams period, 420m of Docklands Light Railway tracks were moved to create space for the portal.
“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. The start of construction at Victoria Dock is an important further step towards delivering lasting transport improvements for east London.” said Crossrail Central area director Bill Tucker.
The first section of the portal is due to be completed in early 2014. Following this a tunnel boring machine will be launched in summer 2014 from the Limmo Peninsula site, driving east to the portal. The machine will then be returned to Limmo before driving the parallel bore to Victoria Dock.