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TBM travels to the TUCA

Movement was from Morgan Sindall’s premises in Swynnerton, Staffordshire to Tunnelling Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in Ilford

10th August 2012

ALS (International) Limited arranged the transportation of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) shell and cutting head weighing 76T and measuring 3 metres in length, together with a tunnel boring machine stationary shell and erector with a weight of 68T and 6 metres in length.

Both TBM components had a diameter of 4.25 metre diameter. ALS arranged a destination site visit prior to movement to check access into the site. TBM supports were removed to reduce the height of the machine by around 65cms. ALS used beam trailers to provide adequate support and to keep the height to a minimum for transportation by road.

The TBM was moved from Morgan Sindall’s premises in Swynnerton, Staffordshire to Ilford, East London where it is on a 3 year loan for display outside The Tunnelling & Underground Construction Academy’s (TUCA) reception.

The machine is to be used for TUCA educational purposes. It will assist understanding into the specialist plant equipment used in tunnelling operations such as Crossrail and ensure the industry has the required skills in place for future tunnelling projects.

Further information please contact:

Mrs Jill Peacock – Group Marketing Manager 

Tel: +44 (0) 1482 796214 

Mobile: + 44 (0) 7738 918821