The High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) tunnelling project in West Ruislip has finally begun its journey, making its way towards Greenford, in a major milestone for the development.
The boring machine is the first of six that will be dig over 26 miles worth of tunnels underneath London, with it being launched at a special ceremony on October 6.
The machine was turned on by local teacher Sushila Harani, who the machine is named after following a contest for schoolchildren in the area to come up the name.
Sushila’s class chose her name due to her inspiring work in getting more women and BAME individuals to take part in STEM studies.
Joined by HS2 CEO Mark Thurston, she said: “I have always had a passion for industrial design and engineering, and if this event helps young people connect with engineering and inspire them to pursue this path, then my small contribution here has been worthwhile.”
James Richardson, managing director of operating company Skanska Costain STRABAG JV, said: “Today we start one of the most complex parts of HS2, tunnelling from here at West Ruislip towards Euston, beneath one of the busiest cities in the world.
The huge team effort has enabled some of the most advanced TBMs ever built to be launched. Our team has brought together world class skills along with developing many new people to the industry working on this crucial national infrastructure project.”
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