Crossrail construction reaches halfway point

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has visited Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road station to see the progress being made on London’s new £14.8 billion railway.

The visit coincided with the project reaching the halfway point in its construction programme.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Big infrastructure projects like Crossrail are vital for the economy of London and the rest of Britain. They are the foundation-stone on which business can grow, compete and support jobs – a massive 55,000 jobs in the construction phase of this project alone.”

Tottenham Court Road will be one of the system’s key interchange systems when it opens in 2018.

To date, Crossrail’s seven tunnel boring machines (TBMs) have completed 29 kilometres of new tunnels. Work is also continuing on the project’s 10 new stations and above-ground developments.

2014 will see the focus shift from constructing the tunnels to building the new stations and installing railway systems across the line.