A view of the Farringdon platform part of the Crossrail development in London, as more than 23 miles (nearly 90%) of train tunnels are now complete, with tunnelling due to finish in spring next year
Crossrail construction workers on the Connaught tunnel below the Royal Docks in east London. Derelict since 2006 when rail services stopped using the route, works are taking place to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure to ensure that is ready for the arrival of crossrail trains, from 2018 up to 12 trains an hour in each direction will run through the tunnel first built in 1878 linking Woolwich to Custom House, Canary Wharf and Central London.
David Cameron, UK prime minister, and mayor of London Boris Johnson visit a Crossrail construction site underneath Tottenham Court Road in central London. Crossrail, which is expected to start running in 2018, will link Berkshire, west of London, with Essex, east of London. Mr Cameron is pictured fourth from left, Mr Johnson third from the right
A Crossrail tunnel under construction 35 metres below the streets of Whitechapel, east London, one of the most challenging sites in the Crossrail project. The completed service will run from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017, with services running in 2018.
A worker inspects the first completed section of London’s new Crossrail tunnel, which will provide new train links across the UK capital to Heathrow airport. Tunnelling machine Phyllis completed the 6.8km section between Royal Oak in the west and central Farringdon after 18 months of work. Crossrail, Europe’s largest construction project, is expected to be finished in 2019.
George Osborne, UK chancellor, left, and Palaniappan Chidambaram, India’s finance minister, are lowered into a shaft on the Pudding Mill Lane Crossrail construction site in east London on Thursday
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Crossrail workers in a 40 metre deep shaft at Limmo, from where they are constructing an 8.3 km tunnel from the Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon, on April 24, 2013 in London, England. Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project with over 8,000 people working across 40 construction sites; the total expected cost is 14.8 billion GBP. Work began in May 2009 and the first Crossrail services are due to start in late 2018 serving an estimated 200 million passengers annually. The Crossrail route will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Five tunnel boring machines are currently operational, creating a kilometre of new tunnel under London every fortnight.