Crossrail tunnel completion celebrated by Prime Minister
Posted by APM on 9th Jun 2015
The men and women who completed 26 miles of Crossrail tunnelling were thanked by the Prime Minister and Mayor of London 40 metres below the capital.
The Crossrail programme is now over 65% complete and is on time and to budget with the focus shifting from tunnelling to fitting out new stations and laying track.
Tunnelling began in 2012 and ended as scheduled at Farringdon in May with eight 1,000 tonne machines boring 42km of new rail tunnels 6.2m in diameter.
Completion of the Farringdon station will make it Britain’s busiest train station with 140 trains an hour passing through, connecting the London Underground and Thameslink.
Crossrail will serve 40 stations adding 10% capacity to the rail network and connect Heathrow and Reading in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.
An estimated 200 million passengers will use Crossrail each year with customers benefitting from staffed stations during train operating times.
The Government has committed to investments of more than £38bn between 2014 and 2019 to improve the rail network, generate economic growth, boost business, create jobs and provide better travel experience.
David Cameron, Prime Minister said: “Crossrail is an incredible feat of engineering that will help to improve the lives of working people in London and beyond.
“The project is a vital part of our long term plan to build a more resilient economy by helping businesses to grow, compete and create jobs right along the supply chain.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London added “This is a landmark moment for London that puts us a gigantic step closer to the launch of an absolutely vital new railway, which will hugely improve our ability to speedily move people across our city.
“Crossrail has already created tens of thousands of jobs and helped boost the skills of many thousands of people not just in the capital, but all around our great nation. It is a wonderful example of our nation’s talent for engineering, a talent that must not be allowed to founder and that I hope will eventually be put to use on the construction of Crossrail 2.”