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Severn Trent's Newark tunnel ahead of schedule

Severn Trent's £60M tunnelling project in Newark is progressing well, after its first tunnelling machine reached its destination significantly ahead of schedule.

A glimpse inside the new tunnelA glimpse inside the new tunnel

The state-of-the-art tunnelling machine – nicknamed the Wiggle Blaster - was launched only last month and has already arrived at its destination, over a week early.

Severn Trent’s Tim Sawyer said: “This is great news for the project, as it means we’re making time and able to start work putting in the bigger, better sewers that will protect our customers from flooding earlier than expected.

“Thanks to the Wiggle Blaster we now have a 200-metre long tunnel that’s been created underground, all without anyone knowing it’s there, minimising the number of roads we need to dig.”

Severn Trent is currently investing £60 million to improve the water and waste services in Newark, with contract partners BNM Alliance carrying out the work.

This is the company’s largest investment in the East Midlands, with work expected to be completed by 2020.

With a diameter of 2.1 metres, the Wiggle Blaster is the second largest tunnelling machine that will be used in Newark.

The project’s largest tunnelling machine will be launched next month, and will create a tunnel large enough for a transit van to drive down.

“It’s really exciting times for the project, as the tunnelling forms such a huge part of the project and we’re making great progress with it,” said Sawyer. “We’re really looking forward to the people of Newark seeing the benefits of the work, and we’re really thankful for the support and patience we’ve been given as we work in the town.”

When completed in 2020, more than 400 homes and businesses will have extra protection from sewer flooding, with 15 miles of new and improved water and waste pipes built for Newark.

More information about the project can be found at stw.works

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Sewer Networks
Tags: tunnelling , sewers

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