Crossrail's Thames tunnel completed at Woolwich as network celebrates fortnight of milestones

By Rob Virtue on February 3, 2014 1:40 PM |


A tunnel between North Woolwich and Plumstead has been finished as Crossrail continues work towards a 2018 launch.

It's the first link Crossrail has built beneath the Thames. Work began in August and finished at North Woolwich on January 29.

The tunnel between Newham and Greenwich boroughs is one of a number of key milestones reached in recent weeks.


At Whitechapel, construction workers watched boring machine Elizabeth make a spectacular entrance at Whitechapel on January 20 as she passed through on her way from Limmo Peninsula in Newham to Farringdon in central London.


And, in Stepney Green on Monday, boring machine Jessica completed her journey from Pudding Mill Lane to break into one of Europe's largest mined caverns.


Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Crossrail chief executive, said: "The tunnelling teams deserve tremendous credit for their safe and efficient progress in constructing this major new railway under London.

"The end is now in sight for Crossrail tunnelling with over 70 per cent of the new rail tunnels now constructed. The next major element of the Crossrail programme will now begin with the fit-out of our tunnels and stations."

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