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New Photographs Released Of London's New Subterranean Infrastructure Network

New Photographs Released Of London's New Subterranean Infrastructure Network
New Photographs Released Of London's New Subterranean Infrastructure Network, Platform tunnels at the new Bond Street Station. Image © Crossrail
Platform tunnels at the new Bond Street Station. Image © Crossrail

Crossrail, “the largest infrastructure project in Europe (costing more than the 2012 London Olympics) has been slowly winding it’s way beneath London's streets for years. Now, as the tunneling efforts begin to draw to a close, Crossrail have released a series of photographs demonstrating just how large and complex this latest London subterranean labyrinth really is. There are currently more than 10,000 people working directly on Crossrail at around forty separate construction sites, who have now completed 90% of the total tunneling. This brings the entire project to two thirds complete.

See the complete set of photographs after the break.

Platform tunnels at Tottenham Court Road. Image © Crossrail Tunnelling machine Elizabeth at Whitechapel Station. Image © Crossrail Machinery in the new platform tunnels for Liverpool Street Sstation. Image © Crossrail Several hundred tunnellers have been working 24/7 for the past two years constructing the platform tunnels. Image © Crossrail + 10

The Crossrail route itself will serve 40 stations (most of them completely renovated or brand new) and run for more than 100km (over 60miles) from the city of Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west, through new twin-bore 21km (13miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. When Crossrail opens in 2018 it will increase London's rail-based transport capacity by 10%.

The 260m long platforms run parallel to and around 100 metres to the south of Oxford Street. Image © Crossrail
The 260m long platforms run parallel to and around 100 metres to the south of Oxford Street. Image © Crossrail
Tunnelling machine Elizabeth at Whitechapel Station. Image © Crossrail
Tunnelling machine Elizabeth at Whitechapel Station. Image © Crossrail
Machinery in the new platform tunnels for Liverpool Street Sstation. Image © Crossrail
Machinery in the new platform tunnels for Liverpool Street Sstation. Image © Crossrail
Platform tunnels at Tottenham Court Road. Image © Crossrail
Platform tunnels at Tottenham Court Road. Image © Crossrail
Several hundred tunnellers have been working 24/7 for the past two years constructing the platform tunnels. Image © Crossrail
Several hundred tunnellers have been working 24/7 for the past two years constructing the platform tunnels. Image © Crossrail
More than 200,000 passengers will use Tottenham Court Road Station daily when Crossrail services start in 2018. Image © Crossrail
More than 200,000 passengers will use Tottenham Court Road Station daily when Crossrail services start in 2018. Image © Crossrail
Platform tunnels at the new Farringdon Station. Image © Crossrail
Platform tunnels at the new Farringdon Station. Image © Crossrail
From 2018, 220,000 passengers are expected to use Bond Street London Underground station daily. Image © Crossrail
From 2018, 220,000 passengers are expected to use Bond Street London Underground station daily. Image © Crossrail
Train tunnel at Paddington. Image © Crossrail
Train tunnel at Paddington. Image © Crossrail

Tunnels Under London: the Largest Infrastructure Project in Europe

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "New Photographs Released Of London's New Subterranean Infrastructure Network" 11 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/576495/new-photographs-released-of-london-s-new-subterranean-infrastructure-network/> ISSN 0719-8884

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