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Crossrail 2 takes ‘major’ step forward

The London Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have hailed a major step forward for Crossrail 2 after the UK Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed, following public consultation, that safeguarding for the project has been agreed. The decision protects the route of the proposed new line and, importantly, protects it from potential redevelopment plans that could affect it being built. Read more

Bertha continues journey to surface

Seattle Tunnel Partners, working on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, has successfully lifted to the surface for repairs the third piece of Bertha, the scheme’s stricken 17.52m diameter Hitachi Zosen EPBM. Crews lifted the machine’s 90-ton right side body from the pit Monday afternoon. Read more

Hong Kong MTR reports double project milestones

Excavation of the Ngau Tam Mei to Tai Kong Po Tunnels on Hong Kong MTR’s Express Rail Link project (XRL) has been completed with the successful breakthrough in early March. The breakthrough marks the completion of all of the 12.9km of drill-and-blast works on the project. At the same time, the Shatin to Central project reports its first TBM breakthrough Read more

Hard rock excavation technology game-changer on the horizon

A joint development project involving Atlas Copco and Anglo American has issued a statement saying a potential milestone is on the horizon for the future of mining technology. A new type of technology will be tested that features a significant move towards continuous mining systems based on mechanical rock cutting. Read more

Crossrail tunnels near completion

EPBM Victoria has successfully broken in to the eastern end of Liverpool Street Crossrail station. The breakthrough, 40m beneath the City of London, is part of Crossrail’s longest tunnel drive, 8.3km from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, to Farringdon. Read more

Second Sydney breakthrough achieved

Florence, the second massive TBM on Sydney’s North West Rail Link broke through into the new Norwest Station area early this month. All four 6.99m diameter NFM Hard Rock TBMs, being operated by the the Thiess John Holland Dragados joint venture are now in the ground ahead of schedule and have dug more than 6km of their 30km journey on the A$1.5bn tunnelling contract. Read more

TERRATEC celebrates 25th anniversary

TERRATEC is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. In 1990, the Company was incorporated in Australia to cover the need for a local designer and manufacturer of custom-made boring equipment to meet the requirements of the Tunnelling Contractors and Mining Companies and complying with all the applicable Australian Standards. Read more

Breaking news: NFM to supply LU Northern Line EPBMs

Tunnelling Journal can confirm that the Ferrovial Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture (FLo JV) has ordered two 6.04m diameter NFM EPBMs for use on London Underground’s Northern Line Extension. Read more

Robbins Crossover TBMs Announced

Robbins has announced its Crossover Series of TBMs, a line of field-tested, rugged Dual Mode-type machines. Crossover TBMs feature aspects of two TBM types, and, says Robbins, are ideal for mixed ground conditions that might otherwise require multiple tunnelling machines. Read more

Key $1.1 billion TBM tunnel contract is awarded for Norway’s Follo Line project

The Norwegian National Rail Administration, announced on March 03, that a Joint Venture of Acciona Infraestructuras SA and Ghella SpA has been awarded the main $1.1 billion TBM tunnel contract for the Follo Line Project. It is the largest railway contract to date in Norway, and includes the longest rail tunnel ever to be constructed in the Nordic countries. Read more

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