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.
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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.