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Scottish proposals offer multiple tunnel opportunities 30 September, 2020
Transport Scotland has requested comments on 11 project corridor options for the Access to Argyll and Bute (A83) project, many of which offer numerous possibilities for submarine tunnels. The UK tunnelling sector is in a prime position to promote tunnel solutions to some of the requirements for fixed links.
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Terratec TBM ready for shipment to Mumbai
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 A 3.2m-diameter Terratec Open TBM that will be used for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai’s Amar Mahal II Tunnel Project in Maharashtra, India has passed factory acceptance tests. It is now ready to be shipped to contractor Patel Engineering.
Shovels at the ready for Ottawa LRT project
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Tunnel construction has officially started – albeit symbolically – on the US$3.48bn Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) West Extension (or ‘O-Train’) in Ottawa, Canada.
New milestone achieved on Tideway
Monday, September 28, 2020 Tunnelling on Tideway has now reached another significant marker with the completion of the western section of the main tunnel, which at depths of between 30-35m below ground is also the shallowest along the entire alignment.
Webuild makes twin breakthrough on Italian high-speed line
Friday, September 25, 2020 Webuild Group is celebrating two breakthroughs on the 53km-long Terzo Valico del Giovi high-speed rail line between Milan and the port of Genoa in northern Italy. The double breakthroughs mean that nearly half of the 36km underground section has been completed.
Strabag begins Karawanks Tunnel refurbishment
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Austrian construction group Strabag is continuing work on the €68.4m (US$79m) contract awarded in July 2020 by ÖBB-Infrastruktur for the rehabilitation and modernisation of the Karawanks Railway Tunnel (Lot KRT 1 Karawankentunnel – Construction Technology).
Laser-drilling technology may benefit tunnelling
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Idaho-based Merger Mines Corp says it has laser and robotics technology that has the potential to benefit not only mining but also large-bore tunnelling, dams and other construction applications.
WTC2021 cancelled, Denmark now to host WTC2022
Monday, September 21, 2020 ITA-AITES has cancelled the WTC2021 conference due to the uncertainties arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was taken by a vote of the 78 member nations of the ITA General Assembly which took place last week during the virtual WTC2020 congress.
VDOT gives green light for HRBT construction start
Friday, September 18, 2020 A Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been issued by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for construction work to start on the US$3.8bn Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion project in Virginia, US.
Flooding raises questions over SMART tunnel efficacy
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Questions are being asked as to why the SMART tunnel did not protect Kuala Lumpur after extremely heavy rainfall caused major flooding in the Malaysian capital recently.
New Sandvik simulator is designed for safer training
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Underground drill operators and maintenance teams can now train in a safer environment thanks to the introduction of the latest Sandvik training simulator. Sandvik says it has developed Digital Driller to improve performance in underground hard-rock drilling, whether in tunnelling or mining applications.

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