HS2’s giant tunnelling machines prepare for New Year launch HS2’s giant tunnelling machines prepare for New Year launch

Two 170m tunnel boring machines named after British women and built in Germany are set to begin the three-year task of boring the 16km ‘Chiltern tunnels’ for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham in the New Year. HS2 Ltd has published new pictures of TBM Florence Nightingale before she and her colleague TBM Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin are dismantled so that they can be brought to England. Both the women commemorated on the 2,000-tonne machines are connected with Buckinghamshire. The founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale lived for many years at Claydon, while pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was born in the county.

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