New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Tunnels & Tunnelling International Martin Herrenknecht calls for expansion of technology education in Germany GERMANY - Martin Herrenknecht sees a huge need for action to increase education and the promotion of young talent in the areas of science and technology, Herrenknecht announced last week. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:26:58 GMT Dartford Tunnel closed after asylum seekers found hidden in lorry GREAT BRITAIN - The Dartford Tunnel, which is used by more than 130,000 vehicles daily, was closed when 13 suspected asylum seekers were found hidden in a lorry at the Dartford Crossing in late August. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:25:47 GMT Istanbul Metro TBM accepted TURKEY - An Istanbul Metro TBM successfully underwent workshop testing and was accepted by contractor representatives. Manufacturer Terratec held the acceptance ceremony on 28 August. The contractor is a joint venture of Gülermak, Kolin and Kalyon (the GKK JV). Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:23:28 GMT MTR names new projects director HONG KONG – Philco Wong has been appointed MTR projects director, with his responsibilities taking effect from 28 October. The incumbent, TC Chew, is retiring. For an easy transition, Wong has already begun work as ‘projects director – designate’. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:06:31 GMT London Underground begins search for additional trains GREAT BRITAIN – London Underground (LU) announced last month that it has begun a search to secure additional Jubilee and Northern Line trains. It said combining the orders would ensure value for money for customers, and that the additional trains and modern signalling system will boost capacity. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:29:11 GMT Mexico's ICA wins major tunnelling contract MEXICO - Mexico¹s largest construction company, ICA, has won a MXN 2.566bn (USD 197M) contract to build a tunnel aimed at reducing flood risks in the centre of the country. The Churubusco-Xochiaca tunnel project, which was awarded through public tender, includes the construction of a 13km tunnel that is scheduled to take 29 months. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:21:48 GMT Tunnel drive under Thames complete GREAT BRITAIN - TBM Evelyn has completed a 3.4km drive under the River Thames from Wandsworth in south London to Earls Court. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:20:42 GMT Aitken becomes B&V water MD for Europe EUROPE - Scott Aitken has been appointed Managing Director of Black & Veatch’s water business in Europe. The new leader will assume full management responsibility for the company’s asset lifecycle services including professional services, design-build and operate-maintain asset management ambitions in the region. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:19:17 GMT Perth Airport Link tunnel announced AUSTRALIA - Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett has released details of a new 8km long twin tube tunnel, which will be a major part of the AUD 2bn (USD 1.86bn) Forrestfield-Airport rail link in Perth. Construction is due to start in 2016 with completion expected in 2020. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:18:00 GMT Crossrail¹s Jessica breaks through GREAT BRITAIN -Crossrail¹s TBM Jessica has completed a new train tunnel from Limmo Peninsula, near Canning Town, breaking into Victoria Dock Portal in east London. The 7.1m diameter TBM completed the journey in nine weeks, travelling up to 41m per day. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:16:21 GMT