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

Yesterday, 07:00
Twenty-five Year 7 students have accepted the challenge to complete Tolekein’s ‘The Hobbit’ in an effort to encourage students to read more often and more widely

Ambitious students at a Newham academy remain unfazed after signing up to a challenging reading quest.

Silvertown
Fri, 17:09
Newham Youth Question Time, with Det Supt Ian Lardner, Lyn Brown MP, Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz and Stephen Timms MP,

Students had the chance to grill their members of parliament in the run-up to the general election at Newham Youth Question Time at the Town Hall.

Lyn Brown
Fri, 10:37
Connor Dolam, left, and Alex Eastwood, from Chobham Academy,  join the National Obesity Awareness Week at the Copper Box

Researchers at Cambridge University announced last week that 337,000 deaths a year are caused by “carrying too much weight”.

Fri, 08:24
CCTV image of man police want to question after Stratford hotel incident, March 2014

Police have released this CCTV image today of a man wanted for questioning after a sex attack on a woman in a hotel in east London.

Most read news

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder