Crossrail launches first TBM for Thames crossing Jan 2013
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Major engineering and contracting companies engaged on the Crossrail project to November 2011
Programme Partner - Transcend, a JV of:
Project Delivery Partner - Crossrail Central, a team of:

ContractPackage descriptionEngaged constructor
C300Running Tunnels West -
Royal Oak to Farringdon

Bond Street and Tottenham Court
Road Station early access shafts works
Farringdon Station
C305 Running Tunnels East -
Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon;
Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock;
Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane
Paddington Station
Royal Oak Portal Civils
Pudding Mill Lane Portal TBM
reception chamber

Whitechapel and Liverpool Street
early access shafts and works
Whitechapel Station

Canary Wharf station delivery by
sub-partner Canary Wharf Group
Liverpool Street Station
C701 Instrumentation Monitoring
C200 Pudding Mill Lane - Site Facilities
C210 Liverpool Street Station Advance
Works Package 2
C245 Whitechapel Station Civils,
Demolition & Utilities
C240 Bond Street - Civils
C244 Whitechapel Station Civils 1 -
Steel Deck Over East London Line
C271 Paddington Integrated Project -
Advanced works
ContractPackage descriptionEngaged firm
C100 Architectural Component Design
C146 Custom House Station
C102 Material & Workmanship Specification
C121 Sprayed Concrete Lining
C124 Railway Systems & Tunnel M&E Services
C131 Paddington Integrated Project
C138 Liverpool Street Station
C122 Bored Tunnels - Alignment & Track
C134 Tottenham Court Road
C123 Intermediate Shafts
C130 Paddington Station
C136 Farringdon Station
C152 Pudding Mill Lane
C164 Bulk Power Distribution & HV System
C132 Bond Street Station
C140 Whitechapel Station
C154 Victoria Dock Portal
C150 Royal Oak Portal
C156 North Woolwich & Plumstead Portal
C170 Communications & Control System
The first of two slurry Mixshields that will excavate 2.6km of twin-running tunnels under the River Thames in London for Crossrail is launched.
TBM Sophia launches for River Thames crossing

TBM Sophia launches for River Thames crossing

The launch of 7.1m diameter TBM Sophia from the Plumstead shaft for the Hochtief/ Murphy joint venture means that five of the eight Herrenknecht machines that will excavate more than 40km of tunnels under London are now in the ground.
To date just over 4km has been completed, and five of the 10 drives are now under way. Sophia's sister machine Mary, which will excavate the parallel tunnel under the River Thames, is scheduled for launch in the middle of this year (2013).
TBMs Phyllis and Ada, the first pair to be launched for the BAM Nuttall/ Ferrovial Agroman/ Kier (BFK) joint venture in May and August last year (2012), have already achieved 2,050m (Phyllis) and 1,038m (Ada) of their 6.4km drives respectively.
TBMs Elizabeth and Victoria, launched a few days apart last month (December 2012), have so far achieved just over 200m of their 8.4km drives for the Dragados/ Sisk joint venture.
Eight TBMs will complete 10 parallel drives for Crossrail

Eight TBMs will complete 10 parallel drives for Crossrail

Sophia, launched yesterday (9 January, 2013), is one of only two slurry Mixshields that have been procured for the project, the rest being EPBMs. She is specially equipped to deal with the chalk, flint and wet ground conditions that will be encountered in southeast London. The other six EPBMs will bore through mainly London Clay.
"The launch of Sophia, Crossrail's fifth tunnelling machine, demonstrates the great progress the project is making, stimulating the economy, generating thousands of jobs during construction and delivering huge transport improvements to people living in southeast London," said Stephen Hammond, Crossrail Minister.
"The start of tunnelling in southeast London marks another milestone for Crossrail, a project that will transform public transport in and around the capital," said Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive. "The benefits for southeast London are huge - for the first time people living between Abbey Wood and the Royal Docks will be able to travel right through the centre of the capital without having to change trains, bringing Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow closer than ever before."
The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The total cost of the project is estimated at £14.5 billion (US$23.2 billion).
Table 1. Crossrail tunnel drive details and progress
TBM * Launch date Location Total Distance Complete to date Contractor
Phyllis (EPBM) 4 May 2012 Royal Oak-Farringdon (Drive X) 6,400m 2,050m BAM Nuttall/ Ferrovial Agroman/ Kier
Ada (EPBM) 23 Aug 2012 Royal Oak-Farringdon (Drive X) 6,400m 1,038m BAM Nuttall/ Ferrovial Agroman/ Kier
Elizabeth (EPBM) 29 Dec 2012 Limmo (Docklands) - Farringdon (Drive Y) 8,300m 94m Dragados/Sisk
Victoria (EPBM) 12 Dec 2012 Limmo (Docklands) - Farringdon (Drive Y) 8,300m 129m Dragados/Sisk
Jessica (EPBM)** - Limmo-Victoria Dock (Drive G) 900m - Dragados/Sisk
Ellie (EPBM)** - Limmo-Victoria Dock (Drive G) 900m - Dragados/Sisk
Sophia (slurry TBM) 9 Jan 2013 Plumstead-Woolwich (Drive H - under River Thames) 2,600m - Hochtief/ Murphy
Mary (slurry TBM) Scheduled for mid 2013 Plumstead-Woolwich (Drive H - under River Thames) 2,600m - Hochtief/ Murphy
Jessica (EPBM) - Pudding Mill Lane-Stepney Green (Drive Z) 2,700m - Dragados/ Sisk
Ellie (TBM) - Pudding Mill Lane-Stepney Green (Drive Z) 2,700m - Dragados/ Sisk
* All eight TBMs for Crossrail are manufactured by Herrenknecht
** TBMs Elizabeth and Victoria will complete Drive G following completion of Drive Y
An up to date version of this table (September 2014) is available here
Crossrail launches first TBM - TunnelTalk, May 2012
SCL to create Crossrail junction caverns - TunnelTalk, September 2012
Herrenknecht begins roll out of Crossrail orders - TunnelTalk, December 2011
Crossrail launches TBM interactive mapping - TunnelTalk, October 2012
All Crossrail TBMs in the Herrenknecht basket - TunnelTalk, September 2011

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