The first tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will build the Metro Tunnel has arrived in Melbourne. It is named after former Premier Joan Kirner and arrived on Saturday 2 February. The next TBM – named after the captain of the Australian women’s national cricket team, Meg Lanning, is already on the way to Melbourne.
The final two TBM’s are named after wartime military nurse Alice Appleford and Victoria’s first female MP, Millie Peacock.
Built specifically for Melbourne’s unique ground conditions, the machines span 100 metres long and weigh more than 1,000 tonnes.
For more information on these TBM’s, visit the Metro Tunnel website.