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Scientists reveal 'Black Death' skeletons findings

Crossrail Archaeologists have released their findings on skeletons that were discovered at Charterhouse Square last year. The area is believed to have been a 14th century burial ground for victims of the Black Death plague.

Skeletons found at the Black Death plague burial ground Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Skull and parts of a skeleton found at Charterhouse Square Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Cross Lead Archaeologist, Jay Carver with a skeleton Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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Crossrail to stretch from Reading to Shenfield

Crossrail stretches from Berkshire in the west to as far east as Shenfield in Essex and also takes in spurs to Heathrow Airport in west London and to Abbey Wood in south east London.

Map showing the Crossrail extension to Reading, via Twyford Credit: Crossrail

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said once Crossrail services began across the whole line in 2019, passengers travelling to London from Reading and other Thames Valley stations would be able to reach more destinations across London without the need to change at Paddington.

Crossrail to make better use of Great Western Main Line

Crossrail reaching Reading is further proof of our commitment to deliver a transport network fit for the 21st century. It will improve connectivity and deliver greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling into London.

It will also make better use of the already congested Great Western Main Line, freeing up capacity for further improvements including potential direct services from Reading to Heathrow as part of the Western Access Scheme.

In addition, I have requested Network Rail to look at the cost benefit analysis of increasing the number of faster trains between Reading and Paddington.

– Stephen Hammond MP, Transport Minister

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Fisher Street Crossrail work suspended

“When the incident occurred, work was taking place to build a new crossover tunnel between two train tunnels that have already been constructed by Crossrail’s boring machines.

The worker was spraying concrete onto the excavated ground when a piece of concrete from the ceiling of the tunnel fell and hit him.

Crossrail has suspended all work at Fisher Street and associated works across the project.

Safety is our number one priority and Crossrail sets the most stringent safety requirements in the industry.

Despite this terrible incident, Crossrail’s accident rate is below the industry average.”

– Crossrail spokesperson
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