Cutterhead arrives in Mexico for Guadalajara light rail

23 July 2015

MEXICO - The TBM cutterhead for the tunnel on Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Light Rail Line 3 project arrived at the Port of Manzanillo, Colima, on July 18, announced light rail operator Siteur.

Carried by ship from Valencia, Spain, to Mexico, the EPBM has a 11.5m diameter and was manufactured by Herrenknecht Ibérica SA. Trucking the parts to Guadalajara is expected to take about 12 days. Following assembly, it's estimated that testing the TBM could start in September.

Guadalajara-based media reported parts of the TBM underwent rehabilitation in Toledo, Spain, having previously been employed on a TBM drive in Barcelona for a high speed rail tunnel.

The 21km line will have five underground stations and a tunnel of 5.3km, up to 30m below ground. A consortium lead by Spanish company Sacyr is building the line.