New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International Alaskan Way TBM finishes maintenance stop <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4955983/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>US - Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) resumed mining on July 18 following a month of routine and hyperbaric maintenance on the TBM mining the SR99 tunnel, the Washington Department of Transportation said (WSDOT). Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:36:00 GMT Crossrail 2 public concerns addressed GREAT BRITAIN – Transport for London and Network Rail published their response to a recent Crossrail 2 public consultation. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:32:10 GMT VDMA nervous over Brexit GERMANY - The VDMA, a mechanical engineering association, has expressed concern over the British decision to exit the European Union (EU). In a statement the organisation said it feared a loss of confidence in Europe as an industrial location and a drastic reduction of exports to the UK. And Germany is particular is losing a key ally in economic terms. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:28:00 GMT Longer Yarraville tunnel option selected AUSTRALIA - The reference design for Melbourne’s second river crossing was released on 10 July. The design opted for the longer of two tunnel proposals, a 1.6km twin tunnel at 15.5m diameter. Public opinion against the destruction of surface green space in the Yaraville neighbourhood prompted the decision. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:27:00 GMT Midtown Tunnel opens to traffic <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4942816/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>USA - The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project Team, comprised of Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, LLC (ERC), SKW Constructors, JV (SKW) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), opened one lane of the new, immersed Midtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River on June 17. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:13:22 GMT TBM components arrive in Atlanta for quarry tunnel project <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4942806/thumbnail.JPG'/></a>USA—The main beam of a Robbins TBM arrived in Atlanta on June 29 for assembly at the Bellwood Quarry, where a USD 270M project will build a 5-mile- (8km-) long tunnel connecting the Chattahoochee River and flooding the former rock quarry. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:05:00 GMT Money secured for Virginia rail tunnel refurbishment <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4942776/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>USA--The Commonwealth of Virginia Transportation Board approved in June USD 1.3M in funding to restore a long-abandoned, historic railway tunnel located in Central Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 08:59:45 GMT Breakthrough on UKPN tunnel <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4939188/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>Great Britain – A 3km UK Power Networks (UKPN) tunnel has broken through in Tower Hamlets, east London. J. Murphy & Sons excavated the GBP 27M (USD 36M) 2.85m-diameter tunnel at a depth of 23-30m. Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:32:26 GMT IET announces new deputy and president-elect <img height='60px' width='60px' src= '/Uploads/NewsArticle/4939182/thumbnail.jpg'/></a>Great Britain – The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that Professor Jeremy Watson will become its next President, taking up the position on 1 October. Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:26:03 GMT TBM manufacturers to merge INTERNATIONAL - Robbins and Northern Heavy Industries (NHI) agreed to a three-phase merger plan on 28 June. Initially the Shenyang based heavy machinery giant will take a minority interest in Robbins. Following this, probably in July 2016, NHI will take a 61 per cent stake in the American TBM manufacturer. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:00:00 GMT