The first tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Thames Tideway supersewer project has been brought to site by barge.
The TBM named Rachel, after Rachel Parsons, an engineer and advocate for women’s employment rights, is the first of six machines that will be used on the project.
The parts for the 1,350t TBM were brought to site on the River Thames as part of Tideway’s pledge to transport over 90% of materials for the scheme by barge.
“The arrival of our first TBM marks a major milestone for the construction of London’s super sewer and it also demonstrates our commitment to use the river to transport materials and reduce the number of vehicles on London’s roads,” said Tideway CEO Andy Mitchell.
“Our vision is to reconnect London with the River Thames and, by practicing what we preach, we want to demonstrate the huge potential of our city’s greatest natural asset.”
With the parts now on site in Fulham, assembly is underway and the TBM will start tunnelling work on the western tunnels in 2018.