A tunnel boring machine cutting head is lowered into place in a trench

Second HS2 Tunnel Boring Machine to pave the way for new railway beneath Birmingham

HS2 tunnel boring machine cutting head is lowered into place in Birmingham HS2

HS2 work goes on. Construction of Britain’s high-speed rail project is still on course, despite part of the route having been cancelled. An experienced team of 90 engineers has successfully assembled yet another colossal Tunnel Boring Machine. This particular TBM is set to excavate the second bore of the project’s Bromford Tunnel, connecting Birmingham and North Warwickshire.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is UK correspondent for RailTech.com and Railfreight.com

2 comments op “Second HS2 Tunnel Boring Machine to pave the way for new railway beneath Birmingham”

BHK Haulageltd|22.12.23|14:23

The uks only a small country but in my opinion instead of putting a train which costs a lot of money you could spend the money on schools hospital people in care home and their are so many people struggling on benefits

Joachim Falkenhagen|17.03.24|20:21

France generally used existing overground rail routes for the city entry of their TGV/LGV high speed lines. Saves a lot of money, and trains are not that fast there anyhow. Frequently, bypasses were built, but less so for cities like Birmingham.

With tunnels, I would question the decision to employ two tunnel boring machines for a relatively short tunnel like this. Using the same one for the tunnels of both directions would again have saved a lot of mony, with limited time penalty.

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