Another of the Crossrail tunnel boring machines have made their dramatic breakthroughs into an underground cavern — this time the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station.

The station is located between London Underground’s existing Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations, and will have connections to both.

Robby Whitfield

(c) Crossrail


Robby Whitfield

(c) Crossrail

The tunnel machine Elizabeth, named after HM The Queen, now has 750m of tunnel to bore, before arriving at her final destination at Farringdon station. Elizabeth will finish her tunnel drive and link all Crossrail tunnels for the first time with the big east/west breakthrough at Farringdon in the spring.

Her sister machine Victoria will arrive at Farringdon a few weeks later.

Andrew BriffettIn related news…

A new exhibition opens at the London Transport Museum next week, about Crossrail and the future Elizabeth line.

The exhibition will feature a large, five metres high, walk-through installation of a cross-section of a Crossrail tunnel to allow visitors to experience what it might be like to stand in a tunnel that is under construction deep underground.

The tunnel will contain a computer simulation of a giant boring machine in action, just like the one being used to dig Crossrail’s tunnels.

Adult tickets are £16 and allow unlimited admission to the Museum’s galleries and temporary exhibitions for 12 months. The exhibition Breakthrough: Crossrail’s tunnelling story is included as part of the £16 admission fee.


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  1. David Stewart says:

    £16 a ticket!

    • Kari Bellamy says:

      That’s the museum ticket as a whole, it’s not a special crossrail ticket. It may seem expensive, but it’s an awesome museum. Well worth the visit at least once.

  2. Nicholas Bennett says:

    Become a friend of the museum and enjoy unrestricted visits, entry to the reserve collection at Acton twice a year, a quarterly magazine, 10% off all purchases in the shop and invitations to lectures and tours to other transport related attractions.

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