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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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Crossrail worker Sam Agyeman, inspects the first completed section of Crossrail tunnel Credit: PA

Trains from Tring, Hemel Hempstead and Watford would be diverted on to the new £15bn high speed commuter line due to open in 2019.

Victorian rail tunnel to be reused as part of Crossrail

A Victorian train tunnel that was left derelict has been given a new lease of life as part of Crossrail. The tunnel was built in 1878 and has not been in passenger use since 2006.

Work was required to deepen, strengthen and widen the structure and to remove 135 years of coal and soot from the bricks from the steam trains that originally used the tracks. Last summer, 13 million litres of water were drained from the dock that runs above the tunnel to allow Crossrail workers to access the structure from above.

The rail tunnel originally served the Royal Docks when they formed the largest enclosed docks in the world, serving large ships from all over the globe. It survived a hit from a bomb during WW2 and is the only existing tunnel that will be re-used for Crossrail.

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