TQ2881 : Crossrail construction, Tenterden Street (1)

taken 6 years ago, near to Marylebone, Westminster, Great Britain

Crossrail construction, Tenterden Street (1)
Crossrail construction, Tenterden Street (1)
A glimpse of one small cog in currently the largest engineering project in Europe, a most voracious beast which has consumed all before it, leaving an unprecedented trail of demolition and upheaval across central London.
The work seen here is for the eastern ticket hall of the new Bond Street station. The hole is a shaft to build the station platforms 26 metres below ground. The line here will run parallel to, and about 100 metres south of, Oxford Street. Eventually, the Crossrail station will be linked to the existing underground station (undergoing renovation itself) - extra complications were spared by the fact that the Jubilee Line is deeper and the Central Line more northerly. The work here is being carried out by Costain Skanska Joint Venture.
Once finished, Crossrail will provide a railway running from Maidenhead, in the west, via Heathrow Airport, through the West End, the City, Canary Wharf, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Up to 24 trains per hour will connect 37 stations. A total of 21km of twin tunnels are being bored through the most densely packed areas of central London (as well as eight stations being built), from just west of Paddington to Farringdon. Two "Tunnel Boring Machines", named Ada, after pioneer computer scientist Ada Lovelace, and Phyllis, after creator of the London A-Z Phyllis Pearsall, have been built to order (by one of only two companies in the world capable of such a job) and commenced work in May 2012 at Royal Oak, just west of Paddington. Each TBM cost 10m, weighs 1,000 tonnes, is the length of 14 London buses and will run 24-7, excavating enough London clay to create 100 metres of tunnel per week. The projected total cost of around 16 billion is almost wholly being met from the public purse. If all goes to plan, trains will start running in 2018. The whole project is mind-bogglingly complex, and if it does go to plan, one must doff one's hat to those involved.
Other views of this work: TQ2881 : Crossrail construction, Tenterden Street (2) and TQ2881 : Crossrail construction, Tenterden Street (3).
West of this ticket hall, and eventually connected to it by 250 metre long platforms, will be the western ticket hall: TQ2881 : Crossrail construction, Davies Street.
Access to the site was granted as part of the annual Open House London weekend.
Top left are the backs of buildings on New Bond Street, while Dering Street is just visible at top right.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 22 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 23 September, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2879 8105 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.8222N 0:8.7237W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2881 8103
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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