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Tunnelling - Articles and news items

Gotthard tunnel: The world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel officially opens

Rail industry news, Z Homepage promo / 1 June 2016 /

Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel, will officially open on the 01 June 2016, 17 years after the start of construction.

Ensuring safety in the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link rail and road tunnel

Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /

Safety for end-users is an integral part of any project, not least the project of building the 18.2km-long Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link between Fehmarn in Germany and Lolland in Denmark. It encompasses every aspect of the tunnel project. Apart from ensuring that all specific railway and general safety demands are met, there is also the challenge of adhering to high German, Danish and EU safety standards. Johnny Restrup-Sørensen, Contract Director for Railway at Femern A/S, explains how the demands actually help to achieve the goal of building a modern and very safe tunnel…

Poor ground conditions delay Farnworth Tunnel project

Rail industry news / 8 September 2015 /

Work on the Farnworth Tunnel project has been delayed until December 2015 due exceptionally poor ground conditions.

Work begins on €13.7m Dublin Phoenix Park Tunnel upgrade

Rail industry news / 19 August 2015 /

Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has launched the €13.7 million government funded Phoenix Park Tunnel upgrade.

Last remaining Crossrail tunnelling machine dismantled

Rail industry news / 12 August 2015 /

Victoria, the last remaining Crossrail tunnel-boring machine, is currently being dismantled following completion of the 26 miles tunnelling project.

Tunnel boring moves north-west railway electrification a step closer

Rail industry news / 12 August 2015 /

A nine metre tunnel-boring machine has begun work to reconstruct the Farnworth Tunnel, part of a railway electrification project between Manchester and Preston.

Ceneri Base Tunnel: the logical continuation in the south

Issue 4 2015 / 6 August 2015 /

The NRLA Gotthard Axis comprises of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and the 15km-long Ceneri Base Tunnel. The two single-track tubes of the Ceneri Base Tunnel are complemented by branch-off structures to allow additional traffic connections. So that the ambitious time schedule can be met despite difficult geological conditions, work on lining the tunnel is proceeding in parallel with driving. Marco Ceriani, Chief Construction Officer of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, gives further construction status details…

SBB Bözberg railway tunnel contract delivers boost to transalpine rail freight

Rail industry news / 17 July 2015 /

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has awarded Implenia a SFr 145 million contract to replace the existing Bözberg railway tunnel with a new 4 metre twin-track tunnel further increasing the shift from road to rail freight.

Crossrail completes 26-mile tunnelling phase

Rail industry news / 4 June 2015 /

Crossrail is celebrating completion of the 26-mile tunnelling process to build a new railway across London.

Danish Parliament approves Fehmarnbelt fixed link Construction Act

Rail industry news / 29 April 2015 /

The Danish Parliament has approved a proposed Construction Act for a road and rail tunnel known as the Fehmarnbelt fixed link.

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel: From vision to reality

Issue 2 2015 / 7 April 2015 /

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will become the world’s longest immersed tube tunnel for combined road and rail traffic. It will provide a double-track railway and four-lane highway connection between Puttgarden on the German island of Fehmarn and Rødbyhavn on the Danish island of Lolland. After years of detailed investigations, the planning phase is now entering its final stages and providing further details for European Railway Review is Johnny Restrup-Sørensen, Contract Director, Railway at Femern A/S, the company tasked with planning, constructing and operating the coast-to-coast link…

The Hallandsås tunnel project moves forward

Rail industry news / 12 February 2015 /

The railway installations have entered a new phase on the Hallandsås project, and track has now been laid in the tunnel…


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