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Crossrail: The Building Of London’s New Underground World In Photos

by | 19th, November 2013

THE building of Crossrail, the train project to make getting across London far simpler:

 

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveils new designs for the capital’s Crossrail stations at The Building Centre, London. Picture date: Thursday November 18, 2010.

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The Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Justine Greening, turn to look at a tunnelling machine during the official unveiling of the first two from a total of eight, Crossrail tunnelling machines, at the Crossrail Westbourne Park construction site in west London. Picture date: Tuesday March 13, 2011.

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Human Osteologist Michael Henderson holds a human skull, part of a skeleton dating from around 1700, buried in the Bethlem Burial Ground, which was unearthed during the construction of Crossrail near Liverpool Street Station, in London. Picture date: Friday July 6, 2012. The skeleton is part of the Crossrail Archaeology exhibition, at Grays Antiques, in Mayfair, London

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A general view of the Crossrail site at Farringdon Station ahead of a visit by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to mark the 150th Anniversary of London Underground.
Picture date: Wednesday January 30, 2013.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, (left), accompanied by India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram inspect the site as they are lowered into a shaft on the Pudding Mill Lane Crossrail construction site, in east London. Picture date: Thursday May 16, 2013. 

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Work continues on the Crossrail site near Pudding Mill Lane Station in East London. Thursday August 22, 2013. 

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A general view of the Crossrail Canary Wharf Station under construction beneath Canary Wharf, London, which is part of a programme of 9 new stations plus 21km of new twin-bore tunnels under central London and is among the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK scheduled to open in 2018. 

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A general view of one of the drills being used to create new tunnel

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 photo, a member of the the archaeological team from the Museum of London points to the present day position of London’s Liverpool Street Station on a 16th century map of the city as a media visit is made to a dig on the construction site of a new rail line rail line in London. Jewelry, pieces of ships, medieval ice skates, centuries-old skulls _ some incredible pieces of London’s history aren’t in museums, they’re underground. More often than not, they stay there, but work on a new railway line under the British capital is bringing centuries of that buried history to light. The 118-kilometer (73-mile) Crossrail line is Britain’s biggest construction project and the largest archaeological dig in London for decades. In the city’s busy business core, archaeologists have struck pay dirt, uncovering everything from a chunk of Roman road to dozens of 2,000-year-old horseshoes, some golden 17th-century bling _ and the bones of long-dead Londoners. 

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Construction workers watch as London Mayor Boris Johnson marks the breaking through of the 1000 tonne eastern tunnelling machine, named Elizabeth, into Canary Wharf station as work continues on the Crossrail project in London. Picture date: Friday May 31, 2013

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Crossrail worker Sam Agyeman, inspects the first completed section of Crossrail tunnel, after tunnelling machine Phyllis completed the 6.8 kilometre, 18-month journey between Royal Oak and Farringdon. Picture date: Tuesday November 19, 2013. 

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