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Crossrail’s final tunnel boring machine dismantled

Crossrail has announced that the last tunnel boring machine (TBM) used on the project is now being dismantled following completion of the bored tunnelling phase of work.

The TBM’s 130m trailing gantry is being removed via the shaft at Stepney Green, while the cutterhead is being cut into pieces at Farringdon.

The gantry parts will be returned to TBM manufacturer Herrenknecht for recycling on other tunnelling projects.

The final Crossrail TBM, named Victoria after Queen Victoria who oversaw the birth of modern railways, broke through into Farringdon Crossrail station in May this year.

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