Crossrail tunneling began in the summer of 2012 and ended at Farringdon with the break through of tunneling machine Victoria. Eight 1,000 tonne tunneling machines have bored 26 miles or 42 km of new 6.2m diameter rail tunnels under London. With the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, Farringdon will become one of the UK’s busiest rail hubs with direct connections to London Underground and upgraded and expanded Thameslink services. This brand new interchange will transform the way passengers travel through London and the South East, providing more capacity and direct connections to three of London’s five airports and international rail services at St Pancras. Passengers will also benefit from quicker connections and will be able to travel to Tottenham Court Road in three minutes, Heathrow in just over 30 minutes and Canary Wharf in nine minutes.
images via Crossrail