Tideway, the company building London’s super sewer, has welcomed the first shipment of two more Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) in preparation for the start of tunnelling later this year.
The TBMs, named Millicent and Ursula, were built in Le Creusot, France and have travelled 500 miles to London via Hamburg, Germany.
Weighing in at more than 1300 tonnes each, Millicent and Ursula are the project’s largest TBMs. When fully assembled, they will be 8.8 metres in diameter and more than 100 meters long.
The TBMs were transported along the Thames, in line with Tideway’s commitment to transport over 90 per cent of materials by river which will reduce the number of road vehicle journeys needed to build the tunnel