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Paddington station excavation reaches Crossrail train tunnels

Crossrail Paddington contractors Costain Skanska Joint Venture has excavated down to the new Crossrail tunnels, breaking into the top of the tunnels 16 metres below ground level, as part of construction of the new station.

Costain Skanska will excavate the earth between the two tunnels creating a large open station platform level. Once excavation is completed, they will start building the station platforms and laying the track bed.

Costain Skanska JV Construction Manager Andy Mooney said: “Reaching the tunnels marks an important phase in the construction of Paddington station. The excavation down 16 metres underneath Eastbourne Terrace will allow us, once we have removed all of the 2,640 individual tunnel segments, to start the construction of the platforms and track bed.”

Tunnelling machines Phyllis and Ada built the new train tunnels through Paddington at the beginning of 2013 ahead of completing their 6.8km journeys to Farringdon in autumn 2013.

Costain Skanska’s workforce of 400 subsequently excavated more than 40,000 tonnes of earth, enough to fill 44 Olympic-sized swimming pools to reach the western running tunnels.

Following the completion of the platform and track bed construction, system-wide contractor ATC (Alstom, TSO & Costain) will commence fit-out of the new tunnels with track and other rail infrastructure.

The new Crossrail station is being constructed adjacent to the existing Paddington National Rail station under Eastbourne Terrace. The 250 metre long and 30 metre wide spacious station will include a 120 metre long glass canopy. A Cloud Index artwork by world renowned artist Spencer Finch will be embedded into the canopy.

Paddington is one of 10 new stations along the Crossrail route. When Crossrail opens in 2018, passengers will be able to travel from Paddington to Liverpool Street in 9 minutes, Canary Wharf in 16 minutes and Abbey Wood in 27 minutes.

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About Costain-Skanska JV

Costain Ltd and Skanska UK PLC are working together in an unincorporated joint venture to deliver seven Crossrail contracts including the construction of hugely complex and prestigious Paddington and Bond Street stations.

About Crossrail

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. 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.