Crossrail milestones at Docklands and Canary Wharf

By Giles Broadbent on June 9, 2014 10:52 AM |


Crossrail has begun its shortest tunnel drive from Limmo Peninsula, beside Canning Town station, towards Victoria Dock Portal in the Royal Docks.

Tunnelling machine Jessica, named after Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill, will create the 900m tunnel from a 35m deep access shaft alongside the mouth of the River Lea, and will run to Victoria Dock Portal, where the Crossrail tracks reach the surface at Custom House station.

Jessica is fresh from her first tunnelling mission from Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green over the winter.

Later this year Jessica's sister machine Ellie will create the second tunnel from Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock Portal.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: "While this is our shortest tunnel drive, it still forms an important part of Crossrail's south-east spur, which will bring tremendous benefits to Docklands and south east London."

Meanwhile, the external structure of the Canary Wharf Crossrail station has been completed with the last louvre placed in the roof. Underneath, the main structural work for the four-storey retail development is also completed and the focus switches to fitting out the upper levels.

Canary Wharf Group company secretary John Garwood said: "The project has run smoothly and on schedule. The completion of the roof marks the final stage of construction. It will certainly be a stunning building of architectural significance for the UK, and a world-leading showcase of innovative design."