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Western Harbour Tunnel gets the green light 27 January, 2021
Planning approval has been granted by the Government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, for the construction of a new tunnel under Sydney Harbour as part of a major transport infrastructure programme.
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Kier wins tunnel maintenance contract
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 UK construction and infrastructure services provider Kier has been awarded a £200m maintenance and management contract for Transport for London’s (TfL) road tunnels and pumping stations.
Tender launched for Chennai twin tunnels
Friday, January 22, 2021 Chennai Metro has issued a tender (Phase 2/CP06/UG06) for the construction of twin TBM-bored tunnels and five underground stations in the Indian city.
Vienna metro expansion contract awarded
Thursday, January 21, 2021 Wiener Linien, builder and operator of Vienna’s public transport system, has awarded a €242m (US$294m) contract to the joint venture comprising Hochtief, Swietelsky, and Habau Hoch und Tiefbau for the expansion of the city’s metro in the coming years.
Tunnelling MSc once again on stream at Warwick
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Having been paused in 2020 due to the pandemic, applications are now open for October 2021 entry to the University of Warwick MSc ‘Tunnelling and Underground Space’ programme.
L&T wins huge Himalayan tunnel contract
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been awarded a contract by Rail Vikas Nigam for Package 4 of a new broad-gauge line between Rishikesh and Karanprayag which includes substantial TBM and NATM tunnelling.
Next BTS Lecture not to be missed
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Lok Home, president of US-based TBM maker The Robbins Company will give the next British Tunnelling Society (BTS) lecture to take place online (via YouTube) on 21 January 2021 at 18.00 (UK time).
Mothballed TBM generates multi-million storage costs
Monday, January 18, 2021 A giant EPBM that was due to bore one of Spain’s Guadalquivir River crossings but instead has been in storage for nine years has generated storage costs of €11m (US$13.3m).
Tunnelling starts on Mumbai coastal project
Friday, January 15, 2021 India’s largest TBM has been launched to excavate two 3.4km-long tunnels forming part of the Coastal Road Project – a 22km freeway running along Mumbai’s western seafront.
TBM starts work on final Tideway stretch
Friday, January 15, 2021 Delivered in July – having travelled by water from Germany via Holland and the River Thames to the site near Tower Bridge – TBM Selina has broken ground at Chambers Wharf to start mining the final easternmost stretch of London’s 25km-long Tideway Tunnel.
Construction to start on Pawtucket Tunnel
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Joint venture contractor CB3A has received a notice to proceed from Narragansett Bay Commission for the design and construction of the US$480m Pawtucket Tunnel Project in Rhode Island, US.

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