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Shieldhall tunnel progress viewed by Scottish parliament's Keith Brown

Scottish government cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities Keith Brown visited the preparation work for the Shieldhall tunnel in Glasgow yesterday to view progress.

During the visit, Brown ventured into the tunnel boring machine (TBM) launch chamber for the £100M 5km tunnel that is currently being built by a joint venture of Costain and Vinci Grands Projets, working as Glasgow Tunnel Partnership

The cutterhead for the TBM is expected to be delivered from the end of this month and will be lowered into the launch chamber formed by piles installed by Bachy Soletanche and grouting by Soil Engineering Geoservices undertaken last year. The 250m cut and cover tunnel that has already been constructed will be used to launch the 180m long TBM.

“I’m delighted to see how the Shieldhall Tunnel project is progressing,” said Brown. “This project is the biggest upgrade of Glasgow’s sewer network in over a century and is a central part of Scottish Water’s investment programme to improve the area’s drainage and sewerage infrastructure, which is essential to the Greater Glasgow area’s economic prosperity.

“It is another fine example of Scottish Water’s determination, as a public sector organisation to deliver for its customers and the Scottish Government is fully supportive of this kind of investment in key infrastructure projects in Scotland’s biggest city.”

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