Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project. Stretching from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the West, across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East, the new railway line will cover over 100km of track including 21km of new twin-bore rail tunnels and nine new stations. Up to 24 trains per hour will operate in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel during peak periods, with each train able to carry 1,500 passengers. An estimated 200 million people will travel on Crossrail each year.
The Darwin Centre
Situated in The Natural History Museum, the Darwin Centre includes a Cocoon building, opended to the public in 2009. The Darwin Centre is a state-of-the-art science and collections facility.Within the Cocoon are hundreds of specimens, interactive activities and the opportunity to observe scientists at work naming, analysing and preserving species.
The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world.The barrier spans 520 metres across the River Thames near Woolwich, and it protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges.