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Craigton Industrial Estate and Jura Street

This is the main compound site for the tunnel project. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will be launched from within Jura Street and fed with materials from the main compound.

The front sections of the state-of-the-art Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) arrived in Glasgow in late March 2016. The tunneling started after Roseanna Cunningham, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform launched the giant state-of-the-art tunnel boring machine in the South of Glasgow.

Roseanna Cunningham and Lewis Bennett at Launch of the Tunnel Boring Machine
 
 
The 1000 tonne, 180 metre-long tunnel boring machine (TBM), effectively an underground factory on rails/wheels, began constructing the tunnel between Craigton and Queen’s Park after the Cabinet Secretary launched the machine in a ceremony at Craigton industrial estate with Lewis Bennett a 10-year-old schoolboy who named it “Daisy the Driller”.

The TBM was launched by cracking a bottle on the side of the giant TBM from above the launch chamber, in the style of ship launches on rivers such as the Clyde. But the bottle contained a litre of finest Scottish water rather than the customary champagne.

The £100m tunnel, which at 3.1 miles long will be five times longer than the Clyde Tunnel and at 4.7 metres in diameter big enough to fit a double decker bus inside, is a key part of Scottish Water’s £250m, five-year programme of work, launched in 2013, to improve river water quality and the natural environment.

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Tunnel Boring Machine Press Release

08/07/2016
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Cabinet Secretary launches massive Tunnel Boring Machine for Glasgow waste water tunnel

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Shieldhall Tunnel machine parts arrive in Glasgow

07/04/2016
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The front sections of a giant, state-of-the-art Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) have arrived in Glasgow ahead of the construction phase of Scottish Water’s £100m project to build the biggest waste water tunnel in Scotland.

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Keith Brown visit to Shieldhall Tunnel - 7th March 2016

07/03/2016
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Keith Brown MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, today (Mon.) saw how preparatory work is progressing on construction of the biggest waste water tunnel ever to be built in Scotland.

 

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Jura Street Newsletter December 2015

11/12/2015
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This is the fifth issue of the Shieldhall Tunnel project newsletter. In this issue, we will give you an update on the project so far.

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Shieldhall Tunnel Progress Update Newsletter 2015

05/10/2015
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This is the fourth issue of the Shieldhall Tunnel project newsletter. In this issue, we will give you an update on the project so far.