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Six contractors prequalify to build the new Roldal tunnel on the E134 in Norway

Six contractors prequalify  to build the new Roldal tunnel on the E134 in Norway

The following six contractors have asked to be prequalified to build Norway's fourth longest road tunnel, the single-tube 12.4km Roldal tunnel on the E134, which is one of the main connections ... More Information

Turin/Lyon - The EU allocates another EUR 700 million to the cross-border section of the project

The European Commission has announced the funding distribution for projects benefiting from the third edition (2024-2027 period) of the CEF, the EU’s programme for strategic investments in ... More Information

Fehmarnbelt Link updates

The construction of the 18 km Fehmarnbelt tunnel - between Rødbyhavn on Lolland and Puttgarden on the island of Fehmarn - formally began at the beginning of 2021 east of Rødbyhavn. The ... More Information

HSR Asia 2024

HSR Asia 2024 is a comprehensive 2-day programme that aims to explore the transformative benefits of high-speed rail, focusing on its impact on the environment, economies and societies. The ... More Information

Implenia wins contract for large, complex inner-city railway project in Gothenburg, Sweden

Press release -   Contract to build a section of the “West Link” scheme, including railway tunnel and station, that will improve mobility in Gothenburg and western Sweden | ... More Information

Australia - Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract of Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East

Consortium Terra Verde - composed of Webuild (leader), GS Engineering & Construction of South Korea’s GS Group and Bouygues Construction Australia of France’s Bouygues - is the ... More Information

Billion dollar Gateway Tunnel Project Secures Federal Funding

Press release - After years of political wrangling and logistical setbacks, the $16 billion Gateway Tunnel Project, a critical infrastructure initiative aimed at improving the rail connection ... More Information

Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract

Press release - Consortium Terra Verde is the preferred bidder for the second SRL East tunnelling contract to build the 10km of twin tunnels between Glen Waverley and Box Hill. The global ... More Information

TBMs nearly ready to dig Victoria's longest road tunnels

The 2 TBMs that will dig the North East Link road tunnels are a step closer to starting digging. The TBM cutterheads have been lowered into place in Watsonia.  Next, the TBMs will be tested and ... More Information

First TBM Breakthrough for the Greater Cairo Metro Line 4 Project

On the 1st of July, Hassan Allam Construction celebrated the first successful TBM breakthrough for the Greater Cairo Metro Line 4 Project-Phase 1 from Station 6 to Station 7. Click here for the ... More Information

Brazil - Breakthrough at the Analia Franco station of the São Paulo Line 2 extension

Brazil - Breakthrough at the Analia Franco station of the São Paulo Line 2 extension

On 27 June, the TBM Cora Coralina, broke through at the Analia Franco station, the second TBM for the extension from Vila Prudente to Penha of the São Paulo Metro Line 2-Green. The TBM - ... More Information

Western Sydney Airport metro tunnels complete

Western Sydney Airport metro tunnels complete

Press release - Greater Western Sydney is now home to landmark new 9.8-kilometre twin metro railway tunnels, with major tunnelling officially complete on the city-shaping Sydney Metro – ... More Information

TERRATEC EPBM to build Klong Saen Saeb Drainage Tunnel in Thailand

TERRATEC EPBM to build Klong Saen Saeb Drainage Tunnel in Thailand

A new TERRATEC TBM will take part in the Klong Saen Saeb Drainage Tunnel Project in Thailand. TERRATEC celebrated the successful Factory Acceptance Tests of a new 4.27m diameter Earth Pressure ... More Information

USA/California - Caltrans Selects Tunnel Alternative for Last Chance Grade Project

Last Chance Grade (LCG) is a 4.83 km (3-mile) segment of US 101 just north of Wilson Creek, between Klamath and Crescent City. Landslides and road failures have been an ongoing problem for decades ... More Information

LEEA Builds #GLAD2024 Content to Finale

LEEA Builds #GLAD2024 Content to Finale

Press release - The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has revealed more plans for Global Lifting Awareness Day (GLAD) on 18 July. A multidimensional campaign has been running since the ... More Information

VTA Celebrates its West Portal Groundbreaking Milestone for BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project

VTA Celebrates its West Portal Groundbreaking Milestone for BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project

On Friday, June 14th Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) held a historic ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of its West Portal facility. This is the site where ... More Information

June updates for BBT

Press Release - H53 Pfons-Brenner construction site: the first segments reach the construction site The two TBMs Wilma and Olga - which from September 2024 will dig and line the twin tube 7.5km ... More Information

CM Lafer Srl equipment for new Himalayan railways in India

Italian company CM Lafer Srl in collaboration with Indian company Eurostar Engineering Pvt-Ltd has completed the supply of 30 formworks for in-situ final lining of tunnels excavated with NATM system ... More Information

Italy/Trentino-South Tyrol – Work has started on the southern entrance to the Trento railway bypass

Work continues on the construction of 13 km (Lot 3A) of the new railway line - almost entirely underground – linking to the future Brenner Base Tunnel. The new infrastructure will begin from ... More Information

MTBM Victoria completes its digging for Central Interceptor Project at Auckland

MTBM Victoria completes its digging for Central Interceptor Project at Auckland

Victoria, the smallest of the three TBMs working on Watercare’s Central Interceptor project, has completed her micro-tunnelling work beneath Auckland and joined Domenica at the finish ... More Information

Switzerland – Inauguration of the new Albula railway tunnel

Switzerland – Inauguration of the new Albula railway tunnel

On Saturday 8th  June 2024 - at the Preda portal at 1,800 meters above sea level - the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) officially inaugurated the new Albula railway tunnel (5860 m).  The ... More Information

Brenner Base Tunnel update

Brenner Base Tunnel update

Every year BBT organises an Open Day for the Brenner Base Tunnel project. They take place at the Austrian construction site H41 Sill-Pfons Gorge, and at the construction site of the Eisack ... More Information

Green light for funding for Point Erin Central Interceptor tunnel project extension

Green light for funding for Point Erin Central Interceptor tunnel project extension

Funding has been confirmed to extend the Central Interceptor wastewater tunnel by more than 1 km from Grey Lynn to Point Erin, Herne Bay. This will  reduce wet weather overflows and ... More Information

Federal Government Greenlights $6.8B Funding for Gateway Tunnel Project

The long-awaited Gateway Tunnel project is officially moving forward. The $16 billion initiative has secured a $6.8 billion full-funding grant from the federal government, marking a significant ... More Information

Three tunnels done and dusted for Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport, one to go!

Three tunnels done and dusted for Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport, one to go!

Press release - Mega tunnel boring machines (TBMs) Catherine, Eileen and Peggy have completed their historic journeys to build metro rail tunnels for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport ... More Information

Grand Paris Express - TBM Awa ready to start for West section of Line 18

On Wednesday 29 May 2024, the Société des grands projets christened Awa, the latest TBM for Line 18.  In June, Awa will start digging - from the future Guyancourt station - a 6.7 ... More Information

HS2 Updates

HS2 Updates

Chiltern tunnel TBMs dismantled - The Dismantling of the two Herrenknecht TBMs - 170m long and weighed 2,000 t - that built HS2 (High Speed Two) Ltd’s Chiltern Tunnel have now been ... More Information

TBM Futura to drive the Rocchetta tunnel on the Naples-Bari HS/HC railway line

Futura will is the name of the second TBM used for the construction of the new Naples-Bari line. The TBM, whose name was chosen by the pupils of the E. Faceltti elementary school in Apice (BN), ... More Information

WTC2025 - Abstract submission deadline extended!

After a successful first call for abstracts WTC2025 is pleased to announce the deadline for submissions has been extended until Thursday June 13th. Take this opportunity to share innovative ideas, ... More Information

Slovenia - Breakthrough of longest railway tunnel in the country!

Slovenia - Breakthrough of longest railway tunnel in the country!

On 29 may 2024 Kolektor Construction and Euro-Asfalt completed excavation of the sixth and longest tunnel of the 2TDK project providing a second track between Divaca and the port of Koper. This ... More Information

TBM Jessie ready to be launched for Sydney Metro West towards Sydney’s CBD

TBM Jessie ready to be launched for Sydney Metro West towards Sydney’s CBD

TBM Jessie,  the first TBM for the Sydney Metro West - Eastern Tunnelling Package,  is about to be launched. It will carve out a 2.3-km tunnel from The Bays to Hunter Street in the ... More Information

Two CRCHI TBMs Launched from opposite directions of the World's Longest Subsea Tunnel

On May 16th, two super-large diameter slurry TBMs, developed by China Railway Construction Heavy Industry Corporation Limited (CRCHI), were launched from opposite directions in Ningbo and Zhoushan ... More Information

BBT - TBM Ida reaches first 3 km of excavation for Lot H41 Sill-Pfons Gorge

On 14 May 2024  the TBM Ida, launched back in June 2023, reached its first 3 km of excavation towards the south, in the West line tunnel, advancing an average of 13 m/day and extracting ... More Information

Final breakthrough for TBM Renny digging the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension

Final breakthrough for TBM Renny digging the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension

Renny, the last West End Connectors’s TBM on the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension (ECWE) project, has officially completed its 6.3-km journey from Renforth Drive to the extraction shaft, ... More Information

Transition Completes the Silvertown Tunnel

Riverlinx CJV - the construction joint venture of Ferrovial Construction, BAM Nuttall and SK ecoplant working on behalf of Transport for London - completed construction works for the connections ... More Information

BTS 2024 Conference & Exhibition - Registration is open

The BTS 2024 Conference and Exhibition is the largest gathering of tunnelling professionals in the UK. Taking place on October 8th – 9th, 2024 at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, ... More Information

Tunnelling News

Amtrak awards construction contract for East River Tunnel rehabilitation

The $1.6 billion project calls for demolishing all existing tunnel systems down to the liner, then restoring both tubes. During the project, one tube ... More Information

Strabag in €110 million deal to equip transalpine tunnel

Austrian contractor Strabag has won a €110 million (US$120 million) to equip a transalpine tunnel linking Austria and Slovenia... More Information

19 tunnel boring machines for Manila subway set

A close-up of the tunnel boring machine head, with a diameter of 6.9 meters. ... The first cutter head of the first tunnel boring machine (TBM), named ... More Information

$16 billion Gateway Tunnel Project gets federal funding boost after years of delays

The $16.1 billion project includes a new rail tunnel linking New York and New Jersey — and is set to be open by 2035 ... More Information

Preferred bidder announced for second tunnelling contract

The global consortium of WeBuild S.p.A, GS Engineering and Construction Australia and Bouygues Construction ... Tunnel Project, North East Link ... More Information

Bechtel Picked as CM for $12.7B Single-bore BART Extension

Officials with the VTA are aiming to begin major construction and tunnelling for the $12.7-billion BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project next ... More Information

Stonehenge could be put on world heritage danger list over tunnel plan

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recommended that Stonehenge be listed as ‘World Heritage in Danger’ due to the A303 upgrade scheme and is ... More Information

World’s longest railway tunnel to reopen after a year

The tunnel closed on 10th August last year following the derailment of a freight train, and SBB has since been pushing ahead with repair work... More Information

Afcons Infrastructure Wins Bid for Thane Tunnel Project

Afcons Infrastructure secures the L1 bid for a tunnel project in Thane, marking a significant milestone in infrastructure development. More Information

Kolkata Metro: D-Wall's Construction Work At Victoria Metro Station Is Advancing Swiftly

For the tunnelling work of the stretch from the Khidderpore to Park Street stretch of this Corridor, two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) will be deployed ... More Information

K2D Skøyen – Vækerø

Implenia has been awarded the contract for section K2D Skøyen - Vækerø, which is part of the entire Fornebu line that will be completed in 2030... More Information

Massey Tunnel replacement project hits design-build proposal stage

Tunnel replacement project has finally hit the design-and-build proposal stage. The Transportation Ministry announced Wednesday that three bid ... More Information

Barhale wins £36m East London sewer remediation

Thames Water has appointed Barhale to deliver essential remediation works on a Victorian gravity sewer as it passes above the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway in East London... More Information

Reaping Rewards From Continuous Innovation

In boring underground tunnels for Malaysia's MRTs, Gamuda developed the world's first autonomous tunnel boring machine (A-TBM), utilizing in-house ... More Information

5 of the longest tunnels in the world and how they were built

Since the invention of the tunnel boring machine in 1853, engineers have used advanced technology to drill, blast, and bore into the earth. From ... More Information

Femern - inauguration of the first tunnel element

We are pleased to announce that H.M. King Frederik X will take part in the inauguration of the first tunnel element on the construction site on 17 June. H.M. King Frederik X will arrive at ... More Information


A busy first half of the year on the HOCHTIEF-MURPHY Joint Venture (HMJV) Package 5 Headhouses & M&E contract on National Grid’s LPT Phase 2... More Information

Tesla Cybertruck escorts Boring Co's Prufrock-3 tunnel boring machine

The Boring Company's Prufrock-3 tunnel boring machine (TBM) recently completed a tunnel to Giga Texas, and in true Elon Musk fashion, ... More Information

Kazakhstan’s First Automobile Tunnel and Largest Bridge to be Completed this Year

As reported by the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Transport, Kazakhstan’s first automobile tunnel through the Shakpak Baba Pass and the country’s largest bridge over the Bukhtarma Reservoir ... More Information

HRBT Expansion Project hits big milestone, could be on track for early completion

The tunnel boring machine, known as Mary ... construction of our two new bored tunnels,” said Project Director Ryan Banas... More Information

TBMs Pass Factory Test For Lesotho Highlands Water Project

A team of engineers and tunnel experts from the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) together with consultants and contractors working on the Polihali transfer tunnel recently ... More Information

Royal Cargo opts for Goldhofer heavy transport equipment

It has also been in action moving tunnel boring machines (TBM) for the Metro Manila Subway project ... machine part posed a significant challenge due ... More Information

Tunnel breakthrough on NI Water's £7.8M Portadown wastewater project

The tunnel boring machine excavated roughly 1,000m3 of material, which would have risen to 8,000m3 of spoil with a more traditional open-cut method. More Information

The Boring Company announces Cybertunnel at Tesla Texas HQ

In January, the company's latest tunnel boring machine (TBM), Prufrock 3, was first spotted near Tesla's Giga Texas. Prufrock-3 has ... More Information

How do you build tunnels and bridges underwater?

Underground construction usually uses powerful tunnel-boring machines to excavate soil directly. This machine is often called a mole for a reason. More Information

Five Huge New Construction Projects Coming To The US

A spokesperson for the project told Newsweek: "The Hudson Tunnel Project is a generational investment that is expected to create 95,000 new jobs and ... More Information

Chennai Metro Corridor 3: Adyar River Tunnel Work Hampered By Geological Setbacks

For the stretch between Greenways Road and Adyar, CMRL engaged two TBMs, 'Kauvery' and 'Adyar.' These machines were launched from Greenways Road ... More Information

French and Danish firms to build Valby 'cloudburst tunnel'

The underground tunnel will be 2,380m long and will be constructed as a drilled tunnel with an internal diameter of 3.4m. The tunnel will have the ... More Information

Howard's approved budgets include $44.9M for Ellicott City tunnel

The Howard County Council has approved a $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal 2025, along with a $413 million capital construction budget that ... More Information

DC Water Breaks Ground On Potomac River Tunnel Project

DC Water on May 21 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to officially commence construction activities for the Potomac River Tunnel Project... More Information

Silvertown Tunnel portal connections completed

A complete transformation of the tunnel shape was needed to connect the circular tunnel boring machine (TBM) constructed ... More Information

The $4BN Tunnel to Save Stockholm - The B1M

Above: A tunnel entrance under construction. When it completes in 2030, the $4BN project will be one of the longest road tunnel systems in the world. More Information

OHLA awarded the Gjønnes tunnel in Norway for nearly 160 million euros

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) has awarded the company the design and construction of the Gjønnes tunnel for 156 ... More Information

Utilities tunnel dug through 'challenging' ground conditions under River Tees

Main contractor Farrans Construction worked with specialist contractor Joseph Gallagher to construct the tunnel. During its five weeks of tunnelling ... More Information

China develops world's first boring and blasting machine

In a groundbreaking development, the world's first boring and blasting machine, jointly developed by Tsinghua University and China Railway Science and Industry Group, has successfully ... More Information

Tunnel boring machine wedged in hard rock, leaving Snowy 2.0 hydropower project with new issues

Tunnelling problems are plaguing the $12 billion Snowy 2.0 hydropower project, with a boring machine previously bogged in soft ground now wedged in ... More Information

Construction Complete On New High-Speed Rail Tunnel

Inside the completed Desheng Tunnel, and inset, a Chinese high-speed train. Work on the project is now complete. © China ... More Information

DC Water Breaks Ground on Potomac River Tunnel Project

The Project consists of a large-diameter deep sewer tunnel, diversion facilities, drop shafts, and support structures to capture flows from existing ... More Information

Morocco’s proposed $13 billion underwater tunnel to connect Europe to Africa by 2030s

An historic intercontinental rail link is aiming to link Europe to Morocco with an ambitious underwater tunnel. The Moroccan National Company for Strait Studies (SNED) announced last ... More Information