Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

RECORD BREAKER:

RECORD BREAKER: The first of 54 'convois exceptionels' heavy lorries began hauling pieces of the world's largest TBM from its factory in France to site at Groenhart, Netherlands, as NCE went to press. The gargantuan machine, 14.90m in diameter, was built by NFM Technology at Le Creusot in mid-west France and is so large that transport was a critical design factor. The biggest individual piece will be an 8m wide motor unit but to avoid bridges and obstacles the TBM will travel to Chalon and be taken by barge on the Saone river to the Mediterranean. The parts will travel by ship before a final road journey to site between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. French contractor Bouygues Travaux Publics is to construct 10km of the new High Speed Line Zuid below canals, drainage ditches, and traditional windmills.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.