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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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Update on Our Investment in Glasgow - Summer/Autumn 2015

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The area’s waste water infrastructure, a complex system of subterranean pipes, storage tanks and overflows on which daily life depends, is receiving a makeover - a rather big makeover.

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Shieldhall Tunnel Newsletter March 2014

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This is the first newsletter on the Shieldhall tunnel project. This project is part of our £250 million investment in Glasgow that will improve water quality in the River Clyde and its tributaries help tackle flooding issues and increase the sustainability of the overall waste water network that will support the area for years to come.