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Names of our first six tunnel boring machines announced - Crossrail http://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/site-news/names-our-first-six-tunnel-b... Tuesday 13th March 2012 By Tom Lawson The Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Transport today revealed the giant 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machines that will carve Crossrail’s tunnels under the capital. The machines are around 150 metres long, the equivalent to 14 London buses end to end and weigh around 1000 tonnes. According to tunnelling t
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  Tuesday 13th March 2012By Tom Lawson The Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Transport today revealed thegiant 1,000 tonne tunnel boring machines that will carve Crossrail’s tunnels underthe capital. The machines are around 150 metres long, the equivalent to 14 Londonbuses end to end and weigh around 1000 tonnes. According to tunnelling tradition, a TBM cannot start work until it is given a name. This tradition is carried outthroughout the world as a sign of good luck for the project ahead. Since our TBMs will be operating in pairs todeliver the east and westbound tunnels for each of the tunnel drives we decided to name them in pairs.Throughout January we ran a competition inviting the public to suggest pairs of names for the first 6 TBMsthat will be used to construct the new tunnels. We received a fantastic response from across the UK with over2,500 entries submitted.A Crossrail panel drew up a shortlist of 10 pairs of names and these were published on our website, with thepublic invited to vote for their favourite pair of names throughout February. The winning names Ada and Phyllis Following the public vote held in February 2012, Crossrail's first pair of TBMs have been named Ada andPhyllis.The first tunnel boring machine is named   after Phyllis Pearsall who created the London A-Z. She walked23,000 streets and a total of 3,000 miles to compile the map. The second tunnel boring machine will benamed Ada after Ada Lovelace who was one of the earliest computer scientists. She worked with CharlesBabbage on his analytical engine , and is regarded as having written the first computer program. Phyllis will begin her journey to the Royal Oak Portal in west London from where, next week, they will starttunnelling 6.4 km (four miles) east to Farringdon via Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. Victoria and Elizabeth Later this year, Victoria and Elizabeth - the second pair of machines - will launch from Limmo in Docklandsdriving 8.3 km (5.2 miles) west towards Farringdon via Whitechapel and Liverpool Street.At approximately 8.3 km in length, Limmo Peninsular to Farringdon (Drive Y) will be the longest of the 5Crossrail tunnel drives. Mary and Sophia In the winter, Mary and Sophia - the third pair of TBMs - be launched from Plumstead travelling and under theRiver Thames to North Woolwich.The Thames Tunnel will be 2.6km long and about 15 m below the existing river bed. The tunnel will be theonly point where the Crossrail route crosses the River Thames. Names of our first six tunnel boring machines announced - Crossrailhttp://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/site-news/names-our-first-six-tunnel-b...1 of 201/04/2012 20:30  Tracking the progress of our tunnelling machines As these giant machines go to work constructing the new tunnels beneath the busy streets of London you willbe able to track their progress via dedicated pages for each pair of TBMs.In due course you will also be able to track their progress via our Near you mapping tool. Names of our first six tunnel boring machines announced - Crossrailhttp://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/site-news/names-our-first-six-tunnel-b...2 of 201/04/2012 20:30
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