Aerial images reveal Crossrail’s transformation of east London’s stations

An aerial view of the Crossrail works at Canary Wharf

An aerial view of the Crossrail works at Canary Wharf - Credit: Archant

Stunning aerial images have revealed the marvel of engineering currently transforming east London.

Construction continues on a new Crossrail station at Whitechapel

Construction continues on a new Crossrail station at Whitechapel - Credit: Archant

The pictures provide a birds-eye view of works being undertaken at stations across the East End as part of the Crossrail line linking the east and west fringes of the capital.

Crossrail works being undertaken in Stepney Green

Crossrail works being undertaken in Stepney Green - Credit: Archant

The project is set to gather pace throughout 2013 as work continues on stations including Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Stratford and Custom House.

An aerial shot of the Custom House station

An aerial shot of the Custom House station - Credit: Archant

Transport for London claims that the next two years will see the fastest rates of the whole construction programme ahead of its scheduled completion date of 2018.

Crossrail’s chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “These striking new aerial images provide a glimpse of how Crossrail is transforming the London landscape with world-class new stations and transport links.”


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The images were released as tunnelling began on the route from Plumstead from North Woolwich.

“Sophia”, the 110 metre long machine which will create the route under the Thames, was fired into action last week. Named after the wife of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - who masterminded the first tunnel under the Thames - “Sophia” weighs more than 1000 tonnes and will make an average of 100m progress along the route each week.

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Mr Wolstenholme added: “The start of tunnelling in southeast London marks another milestone for Crossrail.

“For the first time people living between Abbey Wood and the Royal Docks will be able to travel right through the centre of the capital without having to change trains, bringing Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow closer than ever before.”

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