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Tunnelling complete for Vancouver rapid transit line extension

The Evergreen Line project to extend the existing SkyTrain system serving Metro Vancouver has reached a milestone with the completion of tunnelling.

The tunnel is an integral part of the $1.43bn (£709M) Evergreen Line project that will link Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam to the existing SkyTrain service.

The tunnel boring machine, named Alice, drilled a single 2km tunnel starting east of Barnet Highway in Port Moody to south of Kemsley Avenue in Coquitlam.

“Celebrating the completion of the tunnel boring work is a great milestone for the project and for the communities this line will serve,” said British Columbia (BC) minister of transportation and infrastructure Todd Stone.

“The Evergreen Line project is more than 75% complete and the work to finish the line, including the tunnel, is well underway. Once Evergreen is complete, BC will have the longest, fully automated rapid transit network in the world.”

The tunnel interior work and systems installation will continue into summer 2016.

Train testing is expected to begin in the tunnel during autumn 2016, with the line operational in early 2017.

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