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Porr JV wins US$1bn Stuttgart 21 tunnels

The German Railway, Deutsche Bahn AG, has announced the award of tunnel construction contracts for the Stuttgart 21 project worth US$1bn to a consortium led by Austrian contractor PORR. The tender packages are for the 9.5km long Filderstadt Tunnel, and the 6km long Ober-/Untertürkheim tunnel. The work will account for roughly a quarter of the entire project’s costs. Read more

Lee Tunnel TBM arrives on site

Busy Lizzie, a 120m long Herrenknecht TBM, last night completed its journey from Germany to Beckton sewage works in east London, ready to start work on the US$1bn Lee Tunnel, a 6.4km sewer to help prevent 16M tonnes of sewage entering the river annually during heavy rainfall. Read more

AECOM JV wins Sydney North West Rail Link contract

An AECOM-led consortium has been awarded a contract by the New South Wales Government to plan and design the North West Rail Link in Sydney, Australia. The project includes six new stations over a 22.4km addition to the CityRail network from Epping to Rouse Hill in North West Sydney. The project’s 15km of tunnels between Epping and Kellyville will be the longest rail tunnels ever constructed in Sydney. Read more

Procurement starts for last Crossrail portal

Crossrail today announced that a contract notice has been placed in the Official Journal of the European Union seeking expressions of interest for the remaining tunnel portal at Victoria Dock – C340. The value of the contract is in the region of US$82M and the closing date for expressions of interest is 24 August 2011. Read more

LTA awards River Valley and two Tampines Stations

The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded three further civil contracts, C925, C925A and C937 with a total value of US$485M for the fully underground 21km long Downtown Line Stage 3 (DTL3) project. Read more

New Pudding Mill Lane station approved

The London Borough of Newham’s Strategic Development Committee has approved plans for the replacement DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane enabling Crossrail tunnelling works to proceed. Read more

ICE respond to HS2 report

The delivery of a High Speed Rail (HSR) network supports a more structured transport strategy for the nation, frees up capacity on the existing congested rail network, and helps to regenerate and boost the economies of our city-regions, according to a report by the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Read more

US$57.2M released for San Francisco Central Subway TBMs

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced that the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board has voted unanimously to approve US$57.2M in Proposition K funds for the Central Subway Project. The funds will allow the purchase of two 6.4m diameter TBMs for the construction of the project’s 2.7km long twin bore tunnels. Read more

Mott MacDonald Indian High Speed Rail award

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Indian Railways Construction Company (IRCON) International Limited, on behalf of India’s Ministry of Railways, to conduct pre-feasibility studies for a proposed US$26.6bn high speed rail service between Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi and Patna. Read more

HS2 economically flawed says IEA

New research released today by the Institute of Economic Affairs, High Speed 2: the next government project disaster?, shows that the High Speed 2 (HS2) project is economically flawed. It reveals why the scheme is not commercially viable and asserts that taxpayers will bear a high proportion of the financial risks. Read more

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