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Boring Company shares image of test tunnel

Elon Musk’s tunnelling business The Boring Company has shared an image of its test tunnel under Los Angeles, US.

In a tweet, the tunnelling start up shared a image of its nearly complete test tunnel. 

The 4.3km test tunnel will be used for Boring Company engineers as a “proof-of-process” tunnel, to develop construction techniques, and sytem and safety testing of the transportation. It would run within the City of Los Angeles and Culver City.

boring company tunnel rings (1)

boring company tunnel rings (1)

The entrance to the 3.65m diameter tunnel is on private land and bored between 9.4m to 21m below ground. There will be no stations and, according the Boring Company, the tunnel would take around nine months to complete.

The Los Angeles City Council’s public works committee unanimously approved an environmental review exemption for the test tunnel (shown in red on the map below). The exemption allows developments to not undertake an environmental impact report if they can be built on less 2ha of land and use existing public services. 

In April, The Boring Company’s plans were criticised by a tunnelling expert after they were fast tracked by Los Angeles City Council.

The following month, Musk uploaded a film of the tunnel to his Instagram account. In a tweet at the time he explained that once the ‘pending final regulatory approvals’ were finalised, the company would be offering free rides to members of the public.

Musk has invested over £70M of his own money into the start up and has started production of lego style bricks made from tunneling dirt. 

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