Crossrail completes tunnelling in London in billion pound railway project

Crossrail releases a time-lapse video showing a drone’s journey through 26 miles of tunnels, as the tunnelling part of a new railway link across London is completed.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (CROSSRAIL) – A time-lapse video released by Crossrail on Thursday (June 4) showed a 26-mile (42 km) journey through the project’s tunnels to celebrate their completion.

Crossrail, a 15 billion pound ($23 billion) railway link connecting east and west London due to open in 2018, conducted a marathon digging operation for the new tunnels under the British capital.

A camera attached to a drone was able to capture the lengthy underground journey.

The tunnelling began in the summer of 2012, when eight boring machines began cutting through the capital’s earth, and finished in Farringdon on Wednesday (June 3) night.

Crossrail estimates that 200 million passengers will travel on its rail system each year, which will serve 40 stations and increase capacity throughout London by 10 percent.

The new railway across London will be the realisation of a plan first mooted in the 1880s to connect the docks in the east of the city to Paddington in the west.

Crossrail however will go further, linking Heathrow airport and the commuter strongholds of Maidenhead to the west with Shenfield, on the outskirts of Brentwood in Essex, to the east.