The second of ten TBMs has been named on the Grand Paris Express project.
The second tunnel boring machine of the Grand Paris Express project has been named Malala in honour of Malala Yousafzai the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014.
Malala will start digging the 4.7km section in September this year. Her route will connect the Rû de Nesle to Noisy-Champs at the Bry-Villiers-Champigny station for Line 15 South.
Five local schools took part in a competition to name the TBM with pupils from Jacques-Decour school, located in Champigny-sur-Marne, winning the competition organised by the Société du Grand Paris.
Société du Grand Paris executive board chairman Thierry Dallard said “You embody, through your youth, the ambition of this project made for generations to come.
“Giving a name to a machine is a symbolic act that allows you to feel the reality of the Grand Paris Express and to measure its importance.”
A competition to name a third TBM will start in the autumn.
The first TBM on the project, ‘Steffie-Orbival’, is currently progressing from Champigny-Plateau towards Villiers-sur-Marne, working at a depth of 25m.
In total ten TBMs will dig the 33km of Line 15 South.
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