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European Tunnels lacking on safety

The EuroTAP 2010 results of inspections conducted this spring in 26 major tunnels in 13 European countries indicate that an alarming number of operational tunnels across Europe will not be ready to comply with EU tunnel safety rules when they come into effect in 2014. Read more

New Jersey’s ARC picks TBM

PTP Constructors, a JV of Schiavone/Shea/Skanska, has chosen an 8.38m diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM to excavate the twin 1.6km long Palisades tunnels in New York, the first rail route to be constructed under the River Hudson in 100 years. Read more

Prague collapse report ‘months off’

A report by Prague’s Mining Office into the causes of the third collapse of the city’s 6km long, US$1.3bn Blanka Ring Road Tunnel on the 6th July, that left a 15m crater outside the Ministry of Culture building in District 6, will not be officially released for at least two to three months, Czech media say. Read more

From Russia with Lovat

Contractor, Bamtonnelstroy has reported the breakthrough last month of the second of it’s two Lovat rock TBMs currently deployed on the Sochi Project, where both machines have been used to build utility/escape tunnels in conjunction with the larger transport tunnels, being constructed from Adler to Krasnaya Polyana in preparation for the Russian 2014 winter Olympics. Read more

TBM to incline drive in Switzerland

An 8m diameter Aker Wirth hard rock TBM is currently being transported from the company’s plant in Erkelenz, on route to Klausenpass, some 80km south of Zürich, where it will be assembled and prepared to start work in October on a 4km long hydropower access tunnel. Read more

Qinling TBMs launched

Contractor, China Railways 18th Bureau (Group) Co has launched its two 10.2m Robbins Main Beam TBMs on the twin 16.6km long West Qinling rail tunnels, in the mountains of Gansu Province, China.The machines, which will work under extremely high cover, are the first ever Robbins Main Beam TBMs with a redesigned ground support system replacing roof shield fingers. Read more

EFNARC Certifies Six Nozzlemen

The process of certifying experienced Nozzlemen in recognition of their exemplary theoretical and practical skills has begun in earnest with the Certification of six expert Nozzlemen; three from Ireland and three from Australia. Read more

UK Transport Minister kicks off Farringdon Station construction

UK Transport Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP last week helped lay the foundations of London’s next major transport hub at Farringdon Station. From 2017, the east/west Crossrail, north/south Thameslink, and London Underground services will all meet at the new station. The move further cements the UK coalition government’s support of the Crossrail scheme, following the pledge in May this year that the scheme will go ahead. Read more

Two fatalities in Beijing Metro collapse

Two tunnel workers were killed yesterday and a further eight injured after a collapse during construction of the Beijing Metro, reports the Chinese Media. The incident occurred at Shunyi Station on the 45km long Line M15, 32km of which is in tunnel. Accounts from site say the Station’s steel supporting structure and part of the Station tunnel collapsed at 4:30pm, burying the two workers. Read more

China rescue attempts foiled by further collapses

Attempts to rescue 10 miners trapped after Sunday’s collapse of a rail tunnel connecting southwest China’s Nanning and Litang, have been suspended following a further two collapses. All efforts have been stopped and rescuers and their equipment have been evacuated from the tunnel until conditions become safe enough to continue. Read more

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