UK tunnel boring machine name contest continues

Last month, HS2 announced a local competition to name a tunnel boring machine (TBM) operated by main work contractor Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV), which will begin excavating near Long Itchington Wood in Yorkshire later this year. This is reported by Railway Supply magazine citing HS2 project.

UK tunnel boring machine name contest continues
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North Leamington School, Yorkshire College Group, Coleshill School and Long Itchington Scout Group have already submitted names along with Yorkshire County Council.

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Traditionally, tunnel machines are always named after women, and HS2 is asking Yorkshire residents to help them choose a name based on their female role models – either famous people or undetected heroines. This 2 000-ton machine will be operated by BBV and will create a one-mile double-wing tunnel under Long Echington Wood.

This is the third HS2 tunneling machine to be named to a public vote, with the first two machines due to begin construction of the Chiltern tunnel this year. They were named after two prominent local women in Buckinghamshire: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing who lived in Buckinghamshire for many years; and the pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposhkina, born in Buckinghamshire.

The competition portal will close on Friday, April 30, and the final list of nominations will be selected and put to a public vote in May. The winner will be announced this summer.

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