Crossrail’s 1,000 tonne tunnel machine Victoria breaks into Liverpool Street station. On completion of Crossrail tunnelling, a total of 42km of rail tunnel will have been bored as part of Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Over 40km out of 42km have now been constructed.
The breakthrough, 40m beneath the City of London, is part of Crossrail’s longest tunnel drive, 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon. Victoria now has 750m of tunnel to bore, before arriving at her final destination at Farringdon station this spring.
Crossrail will boost the capital’s rail capacity by 10%, bringing an additional 1.5m people with 45 minutes commute of central London.
Crossrail services through central London will commence in December 2018. When the TfL-run Crossrail service is fully open in 2019, it will give commuters easy access to destinations across London and the South East including Canary Wharf and Heathrow.