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TBM launch for China’s Liantang project

Construction of the Liantang – Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Crossing Facility (BCF), a major transport link in China, is well underway following delivery of the tunnel boring machine (TBM).

The arrival of the 14m diameter earth pressure balance (EPB) machine marks a major milestone for the project which will link Hong Kong’s north east New Territories and Shenzhen East on mainland China.

Atkins is responsible for the detailed design of the 4.8km dual two-lane Lung Shan Tunnel, which is set to be the longest land road tunnel in Hong Kong.

Eric Chui, Atkins’ project director, said: “Once completed, the link will shorten the travelling time between Hong Kong and eastern Guangdong province, southern Fujian and Jiangxi province, which will aid future cooperation and development.

“Passenger and cargo flow across the boundary will become smoother and more efficient. The new BCF will play a strategic role in sustaining the long-term economic growth of Hong Kong.”

The project is due for completion in 2018.

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