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A huge tunnelling machine has finally completed its18 month journey beneath the streets of London from Royal Oak to Farringdon. It has created the first tunnel that will be used by Crossrail. Piers Hopkirk shows us what London's east-to-west route will look like when it finally opens in 5 years.
Boris Johnson said: "The completion of the first section of Crossrail tunnel is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in delivering this landmark infrastructure project."
The first completed tunnel in the £14.8 billion cross-London Crossrail project has been unveiled. Tunnel machine Phyllis bored 4.25 miles between Royal Oak and Farringdon in the city of London in an 18-month operation.
Crossrail's seven giant tunnelling machines have completed more than nine miles of the 26 miles of new train tunnels that will link east and west London. Another 8.75 miles of new passenger, platform and service tunnels are being constructed below the new Crossrail stations.