Engineering first for freight tunnel

Inside the concrete structure at Werrington

There’s innovation on the East Coast Main Line, as UK engineers begin a complex civil engineering project to install a prefabricated tunnel under the tracks. A massive concrete and steel structure is being hydraulically jacked into position under the existing tracks. It’s all part of a 1.2 billion pound (1.32 billion euro) plan to allow greater freight capacity without conflicting high-frequency traffic between London and Edinburgh. The project is set to take nine days to complete between 16 and 24 January.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

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