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Tunnelling isn't "boring" to ALS

3rd June 2020

ALS have supported a major infrastructure project to increase the time and capacity for the rail sector at Werrington junction in the UK throughout 2020. 

The latest movement involved arranging the transportation of 2 Tunnel Boring Machinery (TBM) sections on behalf of Morgan Sindall. 

Cargo dimensions:

  • L: 3.56m x W:3.50m x H:3.50m, 60,000kg
  • L:3.56m x W:3.50m x H:3.50m, 45,000kg                            

Werrington Junction

The aim of the project is to increase capacity for passenger trains on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) by building a new two track railway line that dives under the East Coast Main Line (ECML) located North of Peterborough. 

A separate track will be created to separate the track from high speed passenger traffic where trains cross at Werrington Junction. 

This project has been under development since 2013 and the scheme was approved in August 2018. 

A 65 metre long TBM has bored 2 x 3,5 metre diameter tunnels 168 metres long installed under the East Coast Main Line (ECML) whilst under live operations with trains running at 125 mph!   

ALS delivered the TBMS earlier in the year and after their first drive under the mainline moved them back to the reception portal to prepare for the 2nd drive.  

The ALS team have a wealth of over 40 years knowledge and experience in transporting  oversized cargo across the globe. Some of the tunnelling projects ALS’ international teams have been involved in have included: Thames Tideway Super Sewer, Crossrail and National Grid Projects which have involved arranging the transportation of tunnelling machines both nationally and internationally.  

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