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.
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.
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 which 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 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.