ALS Gets London’s Super Sewer TBM Transported after Break Through – Heavy Lift News
9 Jan 2020

ALS Gets London’s Super Sewer TBM Transported after Break Through

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) “Charlotte” was recently lifted from the ground out of the shaft at King George’s Park, in London. The TBM is being used as part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project to clean the River Thames from sewage pollution.

ALS’ specialist Project Manager in Hull arranged for the TBM sections to be transported over 2 days with a private escort vehicle back to Dormay Street.

Dimensions of loads:

  • 1x Stationary Shell
    • L:2.70m x W:3.40m x H:3.40m,
    • 45000kg
  • 1x Forward Shell
    • L:2.70m x W:3.40m x H:3.40m,
    • 50000kg
  • 1x Tail Can
    • L:2.70m x W:3.40m x H:3.40m,
    • 8000kg

The TBM will be placed back in the ground and used to tunnel a further 600 metres north to Fulham.

To build London’s super sewer under the River Thames, Tideway have used a total of six machines which all needed a name. According to tradition to keep the tunnellers safe underground, a female name should be given to the machine before she sets off on her journey. This TBM was named after Charlotte Despard who was one of the women’s suffrage supporters in the early 1900’s.

The video from Tideway shows the moment that Charlotte broke through into the shaft in St George’s Park

 

Source  ALS and Tideway

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