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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.

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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.

Crossrail construction...One of the Crossrail tunnels under construction 35 metres below the streets of Whitechapel, east London, which has proved to be one of the most challenging and impressive sites in the whole Crossrail project, and will be part of the 38 station route from Maidenhead Royal Berkshire in the west to Shenfield in Essex in the east. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. picture date: Wednesday December 18, 2013. Photo credit should read; John Stillwell/PA Wire

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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. Read more

A railway passenger walks along an empty platform during an SNCF French national railways strike at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, France, 12 December 2013. French labor unions called for a national strike that runs until 13 December, 8 am.

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A man walks along an empty platform at Gare de Lyon in Paris, France, during an SNCF national railways strike that ends Friday morning

A commuter waits on a train during a winter snowstorm Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Philadelphia. Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches were expected as the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard, including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Wilmington

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A commuter waits for a train during a snowstorm in Philadelphia, US

A worker levels the coal on a freight train in Taiyuan in northern China's Shanxi province.

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A worker levels the coal on a freight train in Taiyuan, in northern China’s Shanxi province

A worker walks in the foundation of a new railway line in Yiwu...A worker walks in the foundation of a new railway line in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, May 21, 2013.

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On Tuesday, a worker walks in the foundation of a new railway line in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province in China. Read more

George Osborne, Palaniappan Chidambaram

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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