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Crossrail’s tunnelling giant Phyllis reaches Bond Street station

By Krista Eleftheriou

Crossrail’s tunnelling giant Phyllis reaches Bond Street station
  • Lead tunnelling machine Phyllis arrives at new Bond Street station on Davies Street
  • Phyllis builds her 2000th tunnel ring as she approaches the halfway mark on her 6.8 kilometre / 4.3 mile tunnelling journey to Farringdon
  • New station and improved transport links at Bond Street set to boost business and tourism in the West End

Crossrail’s lead tunnelling machine has arrived at the new Crossrail Bond Street station and has constructed her 2000th tunnel ring as she passes through the first metres of the station.

Tunnelling machine Phyllis has reached the south of the new Bond Street western ticket hall at Davies Street having completed 3.2 kilometres / 2 miles of new tunnels. Phyllis is one of eight tunnelling machines constructing a marathon-equivalent 26 miles / 42 kilometres of tunnels between Royal Oak in west London and Woolwich in southeast London.

The new Crossrail Bond Street station features two new ticket halls at Davies Street and Hanover Square. Around 220,000 passengers a day will pass through the new station, helping boost visitor numbers to the thriving cultural and retail destinations in Oxford Street and the West End. The Bond Street ticket halls will also each feature over-station property developments, helping create new business space, retail opportunities and jobs for Londoners on top of the world-class new transport links being delivered.

Crossrail has excavated two of five levels for the new western ticket hall and will reach tunnel level later this year. Over the next two weeks, tunnelling machine Phyllis will travel 250 metres to the eastern ticket hall at Hanover Square and pass the halfway mark in her journey. There, she will meet a specially made underground chamber where workers will be able to reach the face of the cutterhead for the first time since she began her tunnel journey, allowing maintenance work to take place.

Bringing up the rear is tunnelling machine Ada who will reach the new Bond Street station later in the spring. Both machines will reach Farringdon at the end of the year where they will finish their journey. Collectively Phyllis and Ada have constructed over 5.5 kilometres (3.7 miles) of new rail tunnels. Together with three other tunnelling machines in the east nearly 7 kilometres of the 42 kilometres of new tunnels have been constructed so far on the Crossrail route.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Phyllis’ arrival at Bond Street is a significant milestone for Crossrail and within the next few weeks she will mark the half way point in her tunnel journey. When completed Crossrail will provide essential new links and additional transport capacity with an extra 1.5 million people able to reach Oxford Street within 45 minutes. These transport improvements together with the new commercial space created above the station will help boost the West End’s position as a thriving cultural and retail destination.”

Bond Street station will be a major central London interchange connecting with London Underground services on the Central and Jubilee lines. Transport for London is also undertaking upgrades to the existing station, building a new station entrance on Marylebone Lane, on the north side of Oxford Street, leading to a new ticket hall. New escalators and lifts will be installed to provide step-free access between street and platform level.

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Notes to editors:

A total of nine new stations are being constructed along the Crossrail route in central London and southeast London. Some, including Bond Street, have two ticket halls linked by 250 metre platforms. The new stations are at Paddington, Bond Street (Davies Street and Hanover Square), Tottenham Court Road (Dean Street and Charing Cross Road/Goslett Yard, Farringdon (Cowcross Street and Charterhouse Square), Liverpool Street (Liverpool Street and Moorgate), Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich.

More than 7,000 people are working at more than 40 London worksites. More than 900 people are working on the construction of Crossrail western tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon. About 500 people are working on the two Bond Street station ticket halls.

About Crossrail

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.