Search

Preparation work on Crossrail’s Connaught Tunnel completed

07:04 29 July 2014

The completed Connaught Tunnel (Pic: John Zammit)

The completed Connaught Tunnel (Pic: John Zammit)

John Zammit

Work to prepare the Connaught Tunnel for Crossrail has been completed.

Connaught Tunnel in 2010 before the work started (Pic: Chris Warner)Connaught Tunnel in 2010 before the work started (Pic: Chris Warner)

The tunnel, which runs below the Royal Docks, was built in 1878 and has not been used since 2006.

The only existing tunnel that will be re-used for Crossrail, it needed three years of work to deepen, widen and strengthen it for modern trains.

Linda Miller, Connaught Tunnel Project Manager said: “It’s great to know that, thanks to our work, this 135 year old tunnel will once again have a vital role to play in London’s transport network.

“Once Crossrail opens in 2018, up to 12 trains an hour will pass through the tunnel beneath the Royal Docks, hugely improving links between southeast London and the rest of the capital.”

The tunnel isn’t ready for use yet though - tracks, overhead cables and communications systems will be installed next year.

Its 135 year history has seen it serve ships in the Royal Docks and survive a bombing during the Second World War.

Read more:

George Osborne unveils Crossrail Thames Tunnel in North Woolwich

Video: Connaught Tunnel prepared for Crossrail route

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

09:00
Dan Osborne at opening of Blossoms Nursery in Forest Gate

Reality TV star, Dan Osborne, paid a special visit to a nursery opening last week.

07:00
Rachel Johnson

Choreographer and fitness instructor Rachel Johnson moved to London two years ago to follow her dream of making dance shows.

London
Friday, May 1, 2015
The asbestos rubbish fly-tipped by Tooray

The suspended sentence handed to a man who dumped asbestos in a busy East Ham street has been criticised by a councillor.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Mohammed Yasser Afzal

The father of murdered Mohammed Yasser Afzal has said he will never be able to find forgiveness for his son’s killer.

Most read news

Competitions

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Read more
Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder