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First TBM arrives in Melbourne

The first of four tunnel boring machines for the Metro Tunnel Project has completed its journey by sea to the Port of Melbourne.

Once assembled, the first TBM, which will be called Joan, will begin its journey at the new North Melbourne station site, drilling it’s way toward the western tunnel entrance in Kensington.

A second TBM, to be named Meg, is set to arrive in Melbourne by the end of next month, with two more to follow later in the year.

The enormous machines will support a crew of 14 workers, including a pilot directing the TBM on its journey through Melbourne’s underground. Each is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as they bore through hard rock and sand at a speed of around 10 metres per day.

Joan has arrived!

Joan, our first tunnel boring machine has arrived. Weighing in at a whopping 1,000 tonnes and 120m in length, she’s a beauty! Joan will be reassembled onsite at the new North Melbourne station in the coming weeks and prepared for tunnelling.

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 12 February 2019