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Breakthrough: Crossrail's tunnelling story

Breakthrough: Crossrail's tunnelling story book cover

Following the completion of Crossrail's tunnelling marathon under London we have published a new book that celebrates this major milestone for the project.  

Teams of dedicated workers spent three years under the city to complete the tunnels, working with 1,000 tonnes boring machines and the latest engineering technology. With over 150 stunning photographs, explore how some of the deepest,largest and longest tunnels have been made in one of the most extensive underground building projects in a generation. 

End of tunnelling book page spread

The tunnelling achievement of the Crossrail project has been the result of a huge extended family working with Crossrail to move London forward.

The book is available to buy from the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden and through their online shop. The book is also available to purchase from Amazon.


The BBC three-part documentary series took the public behind the scenes of Europe’s largest infrastructure project as it constructs a new rail line through the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities.

Fifteen Billion Pound Railway DVD

BBC 2’s The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway first aired in summer 2014 and followed the construction of the new train tunnels and stations under London.

The series has been released on DVD. It can be ordered via the London Transport Museum shop and Amazon.

For more information about The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway visit the BBC website.

Crossrail’s 26 mile tunnelling marathon complete

Crossrail’s 26 mile tunnelling marathon complete

For three years between May 2012 and May 2015, eight 1,000 tonne tunnelling machines have bored 42km or 26 miles of... Read more

Meet our giant tunnelling machines

Meet our giant tunnelling machines

Digging the new tunnels was a 24-hour a day job, 7 days a week. Crossrail used eight tunnel boring machines (TBMs)... Read more

Building the rail tunnels

Building the rail tunnels

Three years of tunnelling beneath the capital to construct 26 miles of new rail tunnels

Near You

Near You

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