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TBM Victoria breaks throughTBM Victoria breaks through

Engineering Teamwork

All together, eight tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will construct ten different tunnels to collectively deliver 42 kilometres of new train tunnels under London.

A gang of 20 people work in the tunnel on each shift to keep each machine operating. Work continues 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Once the ‘ladies’ start work, there is no stopping them!

TBM Ada is named after Lady Ada Lovelace, who was one of the first computer programmers while Phyllis is named after Phyllis Pearsall who created the London A-Z. Elizabeth and Victoria are named after Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria while Sophia is named after the wife of Marc Isambard Brunel, who built the first tunnel under the Thames.

The latest machines to join the fleet, TBM Jessica is named after Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE. An eighth TBM, Ellie, is named after Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds OBE.
Phyllis started tunnelling from Royal Oak in May 2012 and finished at Farringdon in October 2013 while sister machine Ada started in August 2012 and finished in January 2014.

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