Crossrail tunnel breaks through

Crossrail reached a milestone yesterday as 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machine Elizabeth broke into one of Europe’s largest mined caverns, 40m below Stepney Green in the East End of London.

Pictures of machine's breakthrough

Elizabeth - one of crossrail's tunnel boring machine - broke into Stepney Green Cavern; one of Europe’s largest mined caverns yesterday.

The breakthrough is the first of four that will take place at Stepney Green. Elizabeth's sister machine, Victoria, is due to breakthrough into the site in the next few weeks.

Since being launched last winter, both machines have been working round the clock to create the new tunnels Credit: Crossrail
Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project Credit: Crossrail
Over 14 miles of tunnels, more than half of the total, are now complete Credit: Crossrail
Major tunnelling is expected to be complete by the end of next year Credit: Crossrail
Crossrail will open in 2018 Credit: Crossrail
Crossrail will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent Credit: Crossrail