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DLR tunnel breaks through

The 6m diameter tunnel boring machine that has been tunnelling under the Thames for the latest Docklands Light Rail extension is expected to break-through today.
The Lovat TBM was expected to emerge today after a one year tunnelling programme by the Woolwich Arsenal Rail Enterprises joint venture of Amec and Royal Bank of Scotland.The 1.8km twin tunnel bores were designed by Halcrow and the project was overseen by Amec tunnelling director Peter South who worked on the Channel Tunnel.The tunnel will link the DLR's King George V station north of the river with Woolwich to the south as part of the £180 million 2.5km extension that is due to open in 2009.

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