Crossrail Wants You to Name Its Mechanical Earthworms

By Sam Gibbs on at

Remember those ginormous, shiny tunnel borers that are set to burrow their way under London for the Crossrail project? Well now you have an opportunity to name the blighters.

Crossrail has put out a call for three pairs of names for the six 1,000 tonne beasts and anyone can submit a pair. A shortlist will be drawn up in February for a public vote, before the first tunnelling machine arrives in March.

Winners will be invited to attend the launch ceremony, and have their names painted on the side of the blue and white borers. Plus they’ll be prizes: £500s worth of Eurostar vouchers, or a Merlin Annual Family Pass giving you access to 29 top UK attractions for a year. Paris for the weekend anyone?

I don’t know about you, but as soon as I heard about the competition, I thought of Earthworm and Jim -- ah, sweet childhood memories come flooding back. But no stealing OK? I want to win!