Crossrail Infrastructure

Deep under London with Crossrail

John Zammit

Platform tunnels at the new Crossrail Bond Street station. The 260 metre long platforms run parallel to and around 100 metres to the south of Oxford Street. From 2018, 220,000 passengers are expected to use Bond Street’s London Underground and Crossrail station every day. The walls of these tunnels are constructed using sprayed concrete rather than the ring segments used in the running line tunnels. CROSSRAIL.

John Zammit

Machinery at work in the new platform tunnels for Liverpool Street station. Crossrail is building over 1.5 kilometres of platform and pedestrian tunnels. They are over 40 metres below ground level. CROSSRAIL.

John Zammit

Tunnelling machine Elizabeth at Whitechapel station. The 150- metre long, thousand tonne machine is one of eight used on Crossrail. With almost 90% of tunnelling complete, Elizabeth is one of just two machines still operational. The first machines started work at Royal Oak, west of Paddington, in 2012 and drove eastwards to Farringdon which is also the destination for Elizabeth. CROSSRAIL.

Robby Whitfield

This is Farringdon. When it opens in 2018, it will be a very busy station with an estimated 90,000 daily passengers. The station will be an interchange with Thameslink (London’s north-south heavy rail link) and with London Underground. This could lead to  150,000 using the interchange. CROSSRAIL.

John Zammit

These are some of the platform tunnels at Tottenham Court Road station. Alongside TfL’s upgrade of the existing Tube station, Crossrail is building a new station the length of three football pitches, four storeys below ground. Crossrail estimates that 200,000 passengers will use the new station when it opens in 2018. CROSSRAIL.

Terry Mahoney

The concrete segments show this tunnel to be for trains. It’s at Paddington and shows were the team building the station have broken into the running tunnel in order to complete the station. It lies next to Paddington’s main line station which was built by Brunel.It is being built under Eastbourne Terrace and will be 250 metres long and 30 metres wide. Daily passengers are expected to reach 70,000. Crossrail services run in open air from just west of Paddington as they serve Reading and Heathrow Airport. CROSSRAIL.

By Philip Haigh

Freelance railway writer, former deputy editor at RAIL magazine - news, views and analysis of today's railway.

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