Crossrail: Tunnels Near You and Other Happenings


The Crossrail website appears to have acquired a new feature, which may be of interest to regular readers – a “Near You” section.

Ostensibly this appears aimed at trying to provide as much local information about the Crossrail project as possible to people who have an interest in a specific area – you can search either by postcode or by selecting a specific station.

Interestingly, however, as can be seen below it also has a rather nice overlay across the whole map showing the route of the tunnels. For those interested in the specific route Crossrail is carving beneath the streets of London, it’s worth a look.

Elsewhere, the BBC took a “first look” at the works beneath Tottenham Court Road. Although much of the information is aimed at a more general audience, some of the visuals are quite impressive (as can be seen from the screenshot below) though and thus it is worth a look. You can find it on the BBC site here.

There’s also a rather nice video on Youtube showing passenger flows at the Paddington Hammersmith and City Station which is being reworked as part of the Crossrail project:

Crossrail have also made two non-exec board appointments which represent a bit of a coup for the company in knowledge terms. Firstly, as Pedantic pointed out on our recent Overground post, Ian Brown has joined the company. His knowledge of London’s current rail setup both within TfL and without is extensive. The second appointment is Phil Gaffney – whose 28-odd years of experience with the Hong Kong MTR will also no doubt be useful.

Finally, it appears that work on the Tunnelling Academy is now also underway. Officially to be called the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA), the academy is at Aldersbrook Sidings in Newham. Although it may not look like much right now, given the fact that London alone will see some major tunnelling activity over the next twenty years (Crossrail, the Thames Tideway Tunnel and various National Grid works spring to mind), this will likely prove a very useful centre – especially as similar facilities are few and far between both in Europe and Beyond. Hagerbach in Switzerland would appear to be the facility most similar in style, but that specialises in hard rock tunnelling.

Thanks to Mark for the Hammersmith and City spot

Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.