Boring machine Phylis has so far travelled 750m from Royal Oak


Crossrail’s first tunnel boring machine (TBM), Phyllis, has successfully reached Paddington station, having travelled 750 metres from Royal Oak in west London.

A second TBM, Ada, has today broken ground at Royal Oak Portal and commenced tunnelling towards Paddington.

Keith Sibley, Crossrail area director, West said: “Our first TBM, Phyllis, has now successfully reached Paddington having carefully navigated under London Underground’s Hammersmith & City line and the Great Western Main Line.

“Once Ada has made sufficient progress, Phyllis will move forward through the Paddington station box onwards to Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and then Farringdon.

“The tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon will be completed in late 2013.”

Eight tunnel boring machine will be used to construct 21 kilometres (13 miles) of Crossrail’s twin bore tunnels running between Royal Oak in west London and Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead in east London.