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Crossrail’s Breakthrough exhibition to launch at London Transport Museum

By London Transport Museum

Crossrail’s Breakthrough exhibition to launch at London Transport Museum

A new exhibition Breakthrough: Crossrail’s tunnelling story, will give visitors an experience of London's hidden subterranean landscape when it opens to the public on 1 February at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden.

The exhibition brings to life the sheer scale of the work being done to deliver Crossrail, the new railway that will bring a 10 per cent increase to the city's rail capacity.  Visitors will experience the tunnel environment, learn about the way Crossrail is burrowing under London, play interactive tunnelling games and hear the first hand experiences of those who work underground.

The exhibition will feature a large, five metres high, walk-through installation of a cross-section of a Crossrail tunnel to allow visitors to experience what it might be like to stand in a tunnel which is under construction deep underground. The tunnel will contain a computer simulation of a giant boring machine in action, just like the one being used to dig Crossrail’s tunnels.

Crossrail’s tunnel network will be joined up for the first time in spring when Tunnel machine Elizabeth reaches Farringdon in the big East-West breakthrough. The new line will run for more than 100km from Reading to Heathrow in the west, and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via Central London.

Shoppers will be able to buy gifts and toys inspired by the Crossrail tunnelling story such as a crocheted mole and elegant posters.

Design enthusiasts will love the new contemporary homeware gifts which are made from materials similar to those used in the building of Crossrail. There is a collection of gifts moulded from concrete which are inspired by Crossrail’s tunnelling achievements.

All the above Crosssrail related items will be available to buy in the Museum’s shop in Covent Garden and online at from the opening of the exhibition.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Crossrail is among the most ambitious infrastructure projects undertaken in the UK. This fantastic exhibition is testament to the thousands of people who have worked tirelessly to help construct Crossrail this far. Crossrail will dramatically change how people travel across London and I hope the exhibition will give people a taste of the new tunnels and stations to come.”

Sam Mullins, Chief Executive at London Transport Museum, said: “I am sure visitors to the Museum will enjoy finding out more about Europe’s largest infrastructure project at our latest exhibition called Breakthrough: Crossrail’s tunnelling story.

“The exhibition will give people an idea of what it’s like to build large tunnels under our busy streets. Children and adults can experience first-hand of how it feels to stand in a giant Crossrail tunnel by checking out our tunnel installation in our ‘Coming soon to London’ gallery space.”

Entry to the Museum is free for children and young people aged 17 and under. Adult tickets are £16.00 (£11.50 concessions) and allow unlimited admission the Museum’s galleries and temporary exhibitions for 12 months. The exhibition Crossrail Breakthrough: Crossrail’s tunnelling story included as part of the £16 admission fee.

Advance booking can be obtained at: or 020 7565 7298


Further information, interview requests and images:

Candice Jones – PR and Marketing Manager, 020 7565 7448 [email protected]

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Editors Notes:

About London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum is situated in the heart of Covent Garden and filled with stunning exhibits; the Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters and the very best objects from the Museum’s extraordinary collection are brought together to tell the story of London’s development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city.

The Museum is an educational and heritage preservation charity.  Its purpose is to conserve and explain the history of London’s transport, to offer people an understanding of the Capital’s past development and to engage them in the debate about its future. The Museum’s charity number is 1123122.

About Crossrail

The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run more than 118 km (73 miles) from Reading 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.