Boring machine arrives at Canary Wharf station

Artists impression of the new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf as the projects celebrates its biggest milestone.

A milestone in a £14.8 billion rail scheme was reached today with the breakthrough of a 1,000-tonne tunnel boring machine.

Named Elizabeth, the machine broke through 90ft down at the new Canary Wharf station in London which is being created as part of the Crossrail project.

With its sister machine, Victoria, Elizabeth is creating more than five of the 26 miles of tunnelling beneath central London that are being dug for Crossrail.

The 73-mile long route runs from Maidenhead in Berkshire in the west, through London to Shenfield in Essex in the east.

Passing through 37 stations, Crossrail will be ready by 2018.