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Mumbai Metro Line 3 renamed as Aqua Line

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday unveiled the rolling stock model of Metro Line 3, which has been named AquaLine. The MMRC (Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation) has awarded the ... More Information

Blog by Steve Smading – The Robbins Company

Blog by Steve Smading – The Robbins Company

3 Ways to Bore More Efficiently in Extremely Hard Rock: Maximize your TBM Advance through Minimized Downtime When the rock seems unbreakable, stresses are multiplied: The cutters must be stronger, ... More Information

Russia - Moscow Underground updates

Russia - Moscow Underground updates

Extension of the Kommunarskaya Line On 20 August, at the meeting of the Urban Planning Commission, the project for the extension of the Kommunarskaya line of the Moscow metro to the city of Troitsk ... More Information

Tunnel under Monte Tondo in Bolzano, Italy

On the 21st of August a summit to establish the next steps for the construction of the 2.5km road tunnel under Monte Tondo was held. The interested parties were the Municipality, the Province of ... More Information

EnigmaCG’s 5th Annual Conference on Innovation in Tunnels: Construction, Maintenance, Safety & Fire Protection

EnigmaCG’s 5th Annual Conference on Innovation in Tunnels: Construction, Maintenance, Safety & Fire Protection

With over 55 live tenders for construction/development of new tunnels in just Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Belgium at the time of writing this, it is safe to say that tunnel construction/ ... More Information

Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel breakthrough

A Tunnel boring machine built by the Robbins company “holed through” Tuesday morning, breaking through shale bedrock in Dutchess County to complete its excavation on the $1 billion ... More Information

The ITA Tunnelling Awards Shortlist 2019

The ITA Tunnelling Awards Shortlist 2019

Press release - The 17-strong expert judging panel, chaired by the ITA President Jinxiu (Jenny) Yan, has concluded its deliberations and based on detailed evaluation, 32 entries have been chosen ... More Information

Short courses on tunnelling - Nepal

Short courses on tunnelling - Nepal

Dr. Manoj Verman, President of a new ISRM Commission on Hard Rock Excavation, will be the speaker for two short courses on tunnelling to be held at the Radisson Blu, Kathmandu, Nepal from the ... More Information

Brescia – Verona – Padova Railway

Brescia – Verona – Padova Railway

On July 3, 2019 the MIT (Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti) completed the evaluations for the new Brescia – Padova High Speed/High Capacity railway section and have now ... More Information

Second TERRATEC EPBM delivered for Argentina’s landmark Agua Sur water tunnel project

Second TERRATEC EPBM delivered for Argentina’s landmark Agua Sur water tunnel project

The second of two new 4.66m diameter TERRATEC Earth Pressure Balance TBMs to be delivered for a 13.5km potable water tunnel system, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  At the end of July, ... More Information

STUVA 2019

STUVA 2019

The final sprint: Only 5 months to go to STUVA Expo 2019 - Register now! Reserve your trade fair stand for STUVA Expo 2019 now from the 26th to the 27th of November 2019. Take advantage ... More Information

The Broadway Subway project

The Broadway Subway project

The Broadway Subway project is an extension of the Millennium Line and a key link in Metro Vancouver’s transportation system. The 5.7-km line will extend the existing SkyTrain system ... More Information

TBM Launched for the RijnlandRoute

On July 24th , 2019 the official inauguration ceremony of the RijnlandRoute TBM took place (click here for a video). In early August the 100 m long TBM, built by Herrenknecht and named Gaia, after ... More Information

TBM Annie arrives at Greenwich

A giant tunnelling machine set to create part of London’s new super sewer arrived in London this week, with parts unloaded from a ship onto the Greenwich Peninsula. The machine will be used ... More Information

Obigarm - Nurobod Road Section in Tajikistan

Obigarm - Nurobod Road Section in Tajikistan

The Obigarm-Nurobod road section of the existing M41 - part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) network (Corridors 2, 3 and 5) and connecting the northeast region of ... More Information

A Robbins TBM for Salvasskardelva HEPP in Norway

A Robbins TBM for Salvasskardelva HEPP in Norway

In early July, a 2.8 m Robbins Main Beam TBM began boring the 2.7 km long Salvasskardelva HEPP in Bardu, Norway. The TBM, specially designed for Norsk Grønnkraft's (NGK) ... More Information

Twenty years of FRC tunnel final lining: Lessons learnt, design proposal and new development

Twenty years of FRC tunnel final lining: Lessons learnt, design proposal and new development

B. De Rivaz Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solutions, Erembodegem-Aalst, Belgium ABSTRACT: New guideline concerning the use of FRC precast segment has been recently published to provide detail ... More Information

Agenda Set for 12th Annual Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course

Course organizers have announced the agenda for the 12th annual Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course. The Breakthroughs in Tunneling Short Course will be held Sep. 9-11 at the University of ... More Information

Grand Paris Express update

Grand Paris Express update

On 19.07.2019 the teams of the Horizon Consortium (Bouygues Travaux Publics / Soletanche Bachy / BESSAC) - working on lot T2A of Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express - left the construction ... More Information

Paris Line 11 extension

Paris Line 11 extension

The Paris Line 11 extension to Rosny-Bois-Perrier will be built with cut  & cover, conventional and TBM methods. The central part of the new alignment between the Serge Gainsbourg ... More Information

Press release for the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit

Press release for the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit

As the fastest growing region in the global economy, Southeast Asia emerging economies have attracted worldwide attention. It is estimated that by 2020, ASEAN is expected to become the ... More Information

Cooling the Tube

Retired Chartered Engineer CALVIN BARROWS proposes simple but innovative solutions to the age-old problem of overheating metro networks. Worldwide there are a significant number of Metro networks ... More Information

The Blue line extension in Montreal

On July 4th , 2019 Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, joined by Mayor Valerie Plante, the Quebec Junior Transport Minister and Minister Responsible for Montreal, Chantal Rouleau and ... More Information

Purple Line Extension in Los Angeles

Purple Line Extension in Los Angeles

New allocation from the FTA for section three of the Metro has received a new allocation of AUD100 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the third and final section of the ... More Information

Boring begins on the West Gate Tunnel

Boring begins on the West Gate Tunnel

The launch site - from where the 90 m long TBMs will dig south west to build the twin tunnels to connect the West Gate Freeway to the port, city and CityLink in Melbourne - has taken a year to ... More Information

Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel memorandum of understanding signed

Finest Bay Area Development has signed a memorandum of understanding with three Chinese companies, as part of plans to build the 100 km (60 mile) double undersea train tunnel from Tallinn in ... More Information

Melbourne Metro - Breakthrough at State Library Station

Melbourne Metro - Breakthrough at State Library Station

Three roadheaders have met 30 metres underground in the first major breakthrough, connecting two excavated caverns that will become State Library Station. The road headers have dug out more ... More Information

Bahrain Rail Congress 2019 – Press release

The Bahrain Rail Congress 2019 will be held under the theme “Designing & Developing a Well Connected, World Class, National Rail Network in the Kingdom of Bahrain” which is ... More Information

Excavation of the western section of the M4 completed

On  the 10th of July 2019 a second TBM arrived at Parco Solari station in Milan. Thus completing the excavation of the tunnels from San Cristoforo to Solari, part of the western section of ... More Information

Joint venture for tunnel project

Element Construction are looking for a tunnel construction company to be part of a joint venture on a tunnelling project. The tunnelling project is to build two parallel tunnels for a highway, ... More Information

West Gate tunnel update

Before tunnelling for the West Gate Tunnel Project begins in 2019, they need to divert a 600 metre section of the North Yarra Main Sewer. Diverting a sewer is a massive job that involves ... More Information

Thames Tideway Tunnel: Aerial Photos Reveal £4.2 Billion Project's Progress

London’s £4.2 billion super sewer is seen from the air as new pictures reveal deep shafts carved into the banks of the River Thames. The Thames Tideway tunnel snakes alongside the ... More Information

TBM Sandy arrives at Redcliffe

TBM Sandy arrives at Redcliffe

On Saturday, July 6th , the second 130m-long TBM arrived at Redcliffe Station for the Forrestfield Airport Link project. TBM Sandy broke through into Redcliffe Station, emerging from her most ... More Information

Ghella wins Cross River Rail Tunnel, Stations and Development Package

Ghella, as part of the Pulse consortium, which is led by CIMIC Group, has reached contractual and financial close with the State of Queensland to deliver the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) ... More Information

Purple Line - TBMs Harriet and Ruth named and unveiled

Purple Line - TBMs Harriet and Ruth named and unveiled

Metro NET celebrated the ceremonial naming and unveiling of its second set of tunnel boring machines that will dig twin subway tunnels between Beverly Hills and Century City. Subway tunnelling is ... More Information


The International Seminar on Roads, Bridges and Tunnels, the ISRBT2019 will take place in Thessaloniki, 7-9 November. It will consist of three daily Sessions, 7th November: Roads, 8th November: ... More Information

Tunnelling News

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

Government set to fund £1bn final HS2 London tunnel drive

The project was halted as part of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s £6.5bn cost-cutting plan announced last October. This involved axing phase 2 to Manchester and finding a private investor ... More Information

HS2 Project Update, May 2024

Our Victorian railways have carried us successfully through history, but with passenger numbers continuing to rise, investing in new, modern railway lines like HS2 is the key to meet the ... More Information

PM inaugurates breakthrough of Sunkoshi Marin Diversion tunnel

A breakthrough of the Sunkoshi Marin Diversion Multi-purpose Project tunnel has been made... More Information

Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown extension moves closer to tunnelling completion

The project is being delivered by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx. West End Connectors was awarded the C$729M (£425M) contract to design, build ... More Information

_Fehmarnbelt tunnel program hits major milestone

DEME Group said that the Fehmarnbelt tunnel project, one of Europe's largest infrastructure projects, has achieved a significant milestone with ... More Information

The incredbile new £12bn mega-tunnel that could end traffic chaos in world famous city

Construction on the £12.63 billion mega-tunnel has already begun and it is expected to be open in 2035. · Animation for The Hudson River Tunnel project. More Information

Great Lakes Tunnel Project makes progress

Ready to move forward. Enbridge is preparing to begin tunnel construction as soon as possible, following receipt of environmental permits ... More Information

Hudson Tunnel Project is expected to create 95,000 jobs

The report is based on research done on behalf of the Gateway Development Commission. “The Hudson Tunnel Project is the most pressing infrastructure ... More Information

The $2.8BN Megaproject Dividing London

London is building a controversial new tunnel under the River Thames. Head to https://brilliant.org/TheB1M/ for a 30-day free trial + the first 200 people will receive 20% off their ... More Information

Namma Metro: Underground tunnel work on Pink Line 95% complete

This underground portion includes the ambitious task of constructing 20.992 km of twin tunnels. Progress is also underway on the construction of 18 ... More Information

How an ancient water tunnel design is cooling 21st-century streets

In Seville, 3,000-year-old underground technology is being transformed in modern day air-conditioning. An aqueduct at the unopened CartujaQanat pilot ... More Information

Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program B&P Tunnel Replacement Project

Project Description: Proposed utility and roadway relocations include civil work to support the construction of Amtrak's Frederick Douglass Tunnel. More Information

Fehmarnbelt | Purpose-built vessel arrives to line tunnel trench with gravel 'cushion'

The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link is a new road and rail tunnel being constructed between Denmark and Germany. It will comprise 89 precast concrete ... More Information

Successful Breakthrough of Gudauri Tunnel in Georgia's North-South Corridor KK Highway Project

KAZBEGI, Georgia, April 23, 2024--The 10-kilometer LOT1 Section is constructed by China Railway Tunnel Group Co., Ltd., of which the Gudauri ... More Information

Construction of Shinku La Tunnel to bolster all-weather connectivity in Ladakh Rising Kashmir

Leh, Apr 21: Member of Parliament from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, announced that work on the strategically vital Shinku La Tunnel is set to ... More Information

Tunneling works for key Davao bypass road seen completed this year

The Davao City Bypass Construction Project is among the 14 foreign-assisted infrastructure projects approved by the National Economic Development ... More Information

Hamptons Subway Cuts Ribbon on New Foxwoods Tunnel

Hamptons Subway, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, cut the ribbon to begin construction of the new tunnel from Sag Harbor to ... More Information

_TBM quartet tackles differing geology on twin bore tunnel under London

All four tunnel boring machines are now working on HS2's Northholt tunnel, which is divided into two geologically differing sections. More Information

CRCHI video

New CRCHI video for world leading underground equipment - Technology innovates the world... More Information

Deer Creek update

Exciting update from the Deer Creek project team! The Wasatch Worm is almost in the ground and will be ready to start tunneling this week. Over the next few months, it will be devouring a ... More Information

Stonehenge tunnel: Underground cabling installed, while other enabling works paused

The scheme, which involves the construction of a new 12.8km two-lane dual carriageway with a 3.2km tunnel under the Unesco World Heritage Site, was ... More Information

Nepal's first transport tunnel being built with Japanese assistance

Nepal and Japan signed the contract for construction of the tunnel on September 23, 2019, while the commencement started on November 14, 2019. More ... More Information

Cowi selected as technical advisor on world's first ever ship tunnel proposed in Norway

Construction is currently estimated to begin next year. The objective of the Stad Ship Tunnel project is to improve the navigability and safety of ... More Information

How Arnold Dix became a Himalayan hero after rescuing 41 workers from Indian tunnel collapse

Arnold Dix slid his hand into a gap in the rock at the entrance to a tunnel where 41 men were trapped alive, put his back against the cold stone and listened, and felt, and listened some ... More Information

Central Interceptor Tunnel Boring Machine

Watercare Services Limited’s Central Interceptor Tunnel Boring Machine, Hiwa-i-te-Rangi, has achieved a significant milestone, reaching 10,000m (10 kilometres) since leaving Māngere in ... More Information

New tunnelling machine joins three others digging high-speed line under London

Construction of the new HS2 line has hit another major milestone with the launch of the fourth – and final – machine being used to build the giant Northolt Tunnel beneath the capital... More Information

Lower Thames Crossing planning decision moves a step closer

On 21 March, the Planning Inspectorate confirmed that the Examining Authority has sent their recommendation report on the Lower Thames Crossing Development Consent Order (DCO) application ... More Information

AECOM-Jacobs JV signs on to $6B Amtrak tunnel job

Amtrak is gearing up to dig deep in Baltimore. The railroad company selected ADVANCE, a joint venture between Dallas-based infrastructure firms AECOM and Jacobs, to serve as the delivery ... More Information

Lower Thames tunnel boosts new orders data

UK construction contract awards reached their highest level in February 2024 for seven months, according to one of the industry's data monitoring ... More Information

The incredible new £53m tunnel in Spain linking two pretty cities

The work is part of efforts to modernise the railway line between Ourense and Lugo in the autonomous Galicia region. Spanish construction giant ... More Information

ECRL hits new milestone with the completion of three tunnel excavations in Bentong district

The ECRL project features the construction of 41 tunnels with a total length of approximately 69 km along its rail alignment. Section A (Kota Bharu- ... More Information

Boring Co. receives go-ahead to drill more Vegas Loop tunnels

LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill offered the company access to safety officers after the company was fined $100000 for construction violations ... More Information

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $4 Billion in Support

The project includes construction of a new two-track heavy rail tunnel along the Northeast Corridor from the Bergen Palisades in New Jersey to ... More Information