13 March 2012

Crossrail speeds ahead

Boris Johnson today revealed the first of eight Crossrail tunnel boring machines that will carve 21km of twin-tunnels under London.

The 150 metre, 1,000 tonne machines will start tunnelling from Royal Oak Portal in west London to Farringdon via Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road next week.

Crossrail is going forward after Boris’s successful lobbying of central government to protect the funding during tough economic times.

It will dramatically change the face of transport in London, by increasing rail capacity by 10% by 2018, supporting regeneration across the capital and the south east, as well as cutting journey times significantly.

And the delivery of this major infrastructure project wll add up to £42 billion to the economy, creating thousands of jobs for London.

Building Crossrail is at the heart of Boris Johnson’s 9 point plan for a Greater London. At a time when budgets are being cut elsewhere, Boris is protecting investment and focusing on the things that will create jobs and get Londoners through tough times.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said, “This mammoth project has already delivered thousands of skilled jobs in London, and once complete will create significant extra capacity to help people travel around this great city, dramatically reducing journey times to support the economic resilience of our capital over decades to come.

“Crossrail is set to build upon the transport benefits Londoners are already seeing as a result of the Neo-Victorian level of investment that has flowed from the Olympics and the upgrades being delivered on the Tube. The sight today of these might tunnelling machines primed for action is a significant step forward in the construction of this vital infrastructure project.”

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