With just six months until the first service of Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail, a video has been released by the builders of the line that will provide much needed capacity to England’s South East. It shows just how far they have come since the first of eight tunnel boring machine (TBM) began its three-year journey underneath the hustle and bustle of London.
This latest video on from The Elizabeth Line has been put together to provide a progress of the section of track that will bring 1.5 million more people within 45 minutes of the West End, the City and Canary Wharf in the Docklands area, ahead of its phased opening from December 2018. One station gets a particular mention half way through the video is Farringdon, a stop on the line that is of particularly interest to the SmartRail World team (it’s a two-minute walk from our office!).
The stats behind the incredible 60-mile, £14.8 billion line will quite possibly be familiar to many but, for those that aren’t au fait with it, I feel it’s worth highlighting the key figures, project achievements and the goals reached by the engineers, track builders and tunnellers that have already clocked 100 million working hours thus far on @Crossrail:
- An estimated 55,000 jobs supported by the project
- £42 billion generated for the UK economy
- 10% increase in capacity
- 42km of tunnels, picking their way through one of the most congested subterranean cities in the world
- each 1,000-tonne, 150-metre-long TBM worked around the clock for three years and installed more than 200,000 tunnel segments
- the more than three million tonnes of excavated material created a new eco-system in Kent, with the creation of the Wallasea Island 1,500 acre RSPB nature reserve.