New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International MTA approves final major contract for East Side Access Manhattan Caverns USA - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board approved the final major contract for the East Side Access project, which will build and finish four platforms and eight tracks for the new Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) terminal some 100ft below Grand Central Terminal, it announced on January 27. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:24:04 GMT Metro names Crenshaw/LAX TBM <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4803097/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>CALIFORNIA - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) held a TBM lowering ceremony on February 1 for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:22:00 GMT LTA awards three TEL station contracts <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4797629/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>SINGAPORE – The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded three station contracts for the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL). The contracts, worth a total of about USD 663.5M cover works for the Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park and Marine Terrace stations. Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:30:00 GMT Mott MacDonald to design Thames Tideway East <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4797350/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>GREAT BRITAIN – Mott MacDonald will design the eastern section of the Thames Tideway sewer tunnel in London. The section will be constructed by a joint venture of Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:34:45 GMT Boris opens Lee Tunnel <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4797340/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>GREAT BRITAIN – The Mayor of London officially opened the Lee Tunnel in January. The tunnel, the first of two new high-capacity sewers in to serve Britain’s capital is the largest project in the history of Britain’s privatised water industry. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:26:25 GMT London bids for WTC 2019 <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4796994/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>GREAT BRITAIN – The British Tunnelling Society has formally announced its candidacy to host the World Tunnel Congress and ITA General Assembly in 2019. The capital London is the city put forward by the BTS steering committee for the bid in January 2016. The vote will take place at WTC 2016 in San Francisco this April. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:28:58 GMT Istanbul Metro breakthrough TURKEY – The TBM mining the 2,900m Yenimahalle to Veysel Karani section of the Istanbul Metro broke through in December. The drive took seven months. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:43:10 GMT Terratec announces MTBM factory acceptance THAILAND – Contractor Italian-Thai Development has accepted two MTBM systems. Manufactured by Terratec, the machines will be put to work on the MRTA Green Line (North) project. The MTBMs are made for jacking standard Concrete Pipes of either I.D. 1,500mm or 1,800mm, with 3,000mm length. Contractor. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:37:44 GMT El Teniente mine expansion contract CHILE - Züblin has been awarded an EUR 100M (USD 109M) follow-up contract to expand the El Teniente copper mine. The German construction company has been carrying out extensive tunnelling work at the mine since March 2014. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:33:42 GMT Pöyry awarded engineering contract on Follo Line Norway Societá Italiana per Condotte D'Acqua S.p.A. has chosen Pöyry to carry out rock and tunnel engineering for the Follo Line in Oslo, Norway, the consulting and engineering firm announced on January 25. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:43:43 GMT