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Video: Crossrail's first tunnel boring machine breaks ground at Royal Oak

By Tom Lawson

Crossrail’s first giant tunnel boring machine (TBM), Phyllis, has broken ground at Royal Oak to construct the first section of tunnel between Royal Oak and Farringdon.

Following the official unveiling of 1,000 tonne Phyllis, Crossrail's first tunnel boring machine (TBM) travelled 400 metres to Royal Oak Portal including under Hampden Street footbridge which was jacked up to allow the 7.1 metre diameter machine underneath.

On Thursday 4 March Crossrail's first tunnel boring machine broke ground.  The machine will be slowly pushed into the ground on her journey towards Farringdon.

Andy Alder, Crossrail's Western Tunnels Project Manager, explains the progress that Phyllis will make during her first few weeks.

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