Crossrail Dismantle Giant Tunnelling Machine Below Central London
Image Courtesy of Crossrail
The final tunnelling machine, being used by Crossrail, has been dismantled just 40 metres below Farringdon in central London upon completion of a tunnelling project.
Victoria’s 130 metre trailer has been removed via the shaft at Stepney Green and has been returned to the machine manufacturer Herrenknect. Some parts have been recycled for future tunnelling projects.
Crossrail TMB Victoria Machine
Roger Mears, Crossrail Eastern Tunnels Project Manager said: Crossrails last tunnelling machine, Victoria, has finished her journey and is being dismantled and recycled. Thanks to the quality of these marvellous machines and skill of the teams who operated them, Crossrails tunnels are now complete, ready for the complex task of fitting out the railway.
The tunnelling machine was named TBM Victoria after Queen Victoria who oversaw the birth of modern railways. TBM Victoria successfully broke into Farringdon Crossrail station in May 2015.