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On 8 December 2020, HS2’s first two Tunnel Boring Machines have arrived in the UK and will be ready to start work on the UK’s largest infrastructure project early next year.
HS2 unveiled the use of an innovative onboard robot that will improve safety and efficiency on the high speed rail project’s first two tunnelling machines, set to launch early next year.
On 11 August 2020 HS2 revealed the first images and publicly-chosen names of the first two completed TBMs that will excavate the twin-bore Chiltern tunnel on the first phase of the UK’s new high speed line between London and the West Midlands.
The two 2,000 tonne machines - currently being manufactured in Germany - will dig the 10-mile-long Chiltern tunnels from the site next to the M25, to near South Heath in Buckinghamshire.
Today HS2 can proudly reveal the first images of our first two Tunnel Boring Machines set to launch on the project later this year.