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Stakeholders reject working conditions as cause of Bond Street deaths
10 October, 2019
Great Britain – Two workers on Crossrail’s Bond Street project passed away in the same week. Various media have reported that working conditions relating to air quality or stress were to blame, but this has been rejected by stakeholders. Reports of further investigation, or further details of the illness were not forthcoming from the contractor or client.
Humber estuary tunnel breaks through
01 October, 2019
Great Britain – The Humber tunnel has broken through. The drive was completed by a joint venture of Skanska, Porr and A. Hak is utilising a VMT-guided, 4.4m-diameter Herrenknecht machine.
27 September, 2019
The City of Los Angeles has seen several milestones this summer for its Purple Line extension, Nicole Robinson reports on the progress for each phase
27 September, 2019
A round-up of tunnel work in the Nordic Forum
Chelsea to Battersea tunnel surface settlements
16 August, 2019
Monitoring of ground surface movements induced by the construction of the Chelsea to Battersea Pipeline Tunnel project is presented as part of this case study. The surface settlements induced by the shaft construction have been analysed and compared with current methodologies and information from recent projects. Movements from excavation and construction of the tunnel are also analysed, and back-analysis of volume losses is presented. The authors are Veriuska Ortiz Lovera, geotechnical engineer, Mott MacDonald; Andrew Hejdner, project manager, Cadent Gas; James McCaffrey, construction manager, Skanska UK Construction; and Mohammad Arasteh, senior tunnel engineer, Mott MacDonald
Planning for the twenties
14 August, 2019
In this issue of Tunnels and Tunnelling International Paola De Pascali reports from the World Tunnel Congress, which was held in Naples in May and saw a number of publications from working groups and committees. The ITA Committee for Technology (ITAtech was particularly prolific.
Crossrail outlines plan to complete Elizabeth Line
26 April, 2019
Great Britain – Crossrail has released an action plan to bring the project to a conclusion. The project has encountered delays and overspend in its final stages. The project will not be fully complete until 2021.
Helsinki spreads west
12 April, 2019
Paola De Pascali talked with Salminen Jukka principal designer of rock engineering at Pöyry’s to understand how the Western Metro is being extended from Matinkylä to Kivenlahti
HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract
19 March, 2019
Great Britain – Mace/Dragados will deliver the High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus at London Euston. It will act as a construction partner, working with HS2 and the station designers, to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.
MTA awards contract for an East Access tunnel
18 January, 2019
US – Skanska USA announced January 10 it has signed a contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to work on East Side Access.
Chelsea-Battersea tunnel nears completion
10 December, 2018
Great Britain – Work on a new tunnel under the River Thames project in Battersea Park is nearing completion. Costing GBP 18M (22.9M USD), the 330m-long tunnel will transport gas under the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea in West London. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure in the UK’s capital.
A life underground
09 May, 2018
A journey through the career of Ken Muir, working all over the world, often in extreme conditions
First female Harding Prize winner
30 April, 2018
Great Britain – After 32 years the Harding prize has been awarded to a female young tunneller. “I am also proud to be the first woman to win since 1986, which is actually the year I was born,” said Leah Jacobs, who works for London Bridge Associates. Jacobs won the competition bringing her paper on “Changing the safety Culture” based on her contribution to the Waterview Connection project in New Zealand.
26 March, 2018
The TBM mining twin tunnels for the Regional Connector project in Los Angeles makes its final breakthrough, Nicole Robinson reports
Kier and Eiffage pick up Carillion HS2 work
31 January, 2018
Great Britain - Following the total collapse of one of Britain’s largest contractors, Carillion, Kier and Eiffage have picked up its HS2 work. The companies, which were in joint venture with Carillion to deliver GBP 1.4bn of projects in the HS2 programme, confirm that they are offering employment to the 51 Carillion employees including apprentices, currently working on the HS2 joint venture.
Breakthrough on West London gas tunnel
04 January, 2018
Great Britain - A 330m-long tunnel from London’s Chelsea to Battersea Park has broken through. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure.
26 December, 2017
The largest tunnelled excavation in Los Angeles, part of the Regional Connector Transit Corridor, will be constructed at relatively shallow depth below existing infrastructure including significant utilities and historic buildings in a seismically active area. Carlos Herranz, Zsolt Horvath, Justin Liandes and Derek Penrice of Mott MacDonald describe the approaches taken to mitigate this design and construction risk
Cambridge service tunnel
02 November, 2017
AstraZeneca’s global R&D headquarters in Cambridge calls for a new tunnel. This report from a BTSYM presentation by Lloyd Rew of Skanska was written by Cameron Blackwell from Mott MacDonald
HS2 Phase One Stage One winners announced
17 July, 2017
Great Britain - The High Speed Two project has announced the winning bidders to construct the first stage of the first phase of the project, which is split into three ‘Areas’.
Silvertown shortlist announced
22 March, 2017
Great Britain – Transport for London (TfL) has announced the three companies who have been shortlisted to design, finance, build and maintain the Silvertown Tunnel – a new twin-bore road tunnel proposed for east London.