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Inquest into death of Crossrail worker opens

An inquest into the death of a worker who died last year whilst working on the Crossrail project has opened this morning.

René Tkacik, 44, who died on 7 March after he was hit by a section of freshly applied shotcrete at Crossrail’s Fisher Street site.

He died as he sprayed concrete through a hose - known as "shotcreting" - used by Crossrail contractors.

A silent vigil was held outside this morning. Credit: David Standard/Leigh Day.

A silent vigil was held outside the Coroners Court this morning.

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Archaeological dig at Westbourne Park

Westbourne Park. Credit: This is Paddington@inpaddington@Crossrail

Crossrail is giving members of the public an opportunity to visit the archaeological excavation taking place at Westbourne Park today.

In the 1800's due to the expansion of Great Western Railway the engine sheds and workshops were moved from Paddington to Westbourne Park. Many of these buildings were then demolished in 1906 when the company moved its operation to Old Oak Common.

People are being given escorted site tours with Crossrail and an Oxford archaeologist who will be explaining all the site's history.

When completed, Crossrail will stretch from Reading and Heathrow in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will encompass over a 100km of track and include nine new railway stations.

Watch the video of Crossrail's tunneling machine, Ellie making her 900 metre journey from Canning Town to Victoria Docks.

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