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Tunnelling set to start on £22M Yorkshire flooding scheme

The tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will drive Anlaby and East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme (AEEFAS) tunnel has been officially named ahead of its launch.

The 1.2km tunnel will be driven by West Ella Worm – a name given to the TBM by 10 year old Ella Jade Whincup from Springhead Primary School in Anlaby.

The naming ceremony marks the start of the third and final phase of the project which got underway last year. The final phase of work will be delivered by NM Group and specialist subcontractor Active Tunnelling.

The AEEFAS project will reduce flooding risk to 4,000 homes and 70 businesses in an area that was badly affected by flooding in June 2007.

The three-year scheme is being delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with Hull City Council and the Environment Agency.

Work is now underway to lower the TBM into the 12m deep launch shaft.

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