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Tunnelling giant Victoria breaks through into Canary Wharf Crossrail station

By Tom Lawson



Crossrail’s giant tunnelling machine Victoria has joined sister TBM Elizabeth in Canary Wharf box this week, after successfully breaking through on Tuesday 6 June.

Crossrail’s eastern tunnelling machines were launched from the Limmo site near Canning Town towards the end of last year to create 8.3km (5.16 miles) of tunnels from east London to Farringdon – Crossrail’s longest tunnel section. A marathon-equivalent 26 mile (42km) section of tunnels beneath London will be built in total for Crossrail.

Both machines will now undergo maintenance inside the Canary Wharf station box before being transitted through the station box to resume tunnelling towards central London.

Crossrail’s Eastern Tunnels Project Manager Peter Main gives an update about tunnelling operations in Docklands.

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