Vote now to choose names of HS2 TBMs

The public are being given the opportunity to name the first two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) to be used on HS2.

Three names have been suggested by local schoolchildren - Cecilia, Florence and Marie. The name with the most votes will be given to the first TBM. This will weigh 2,000 tonnes and will be 170 metres long. It will be launched from a site near the M25 and will be one of two to dig the ten-mile Chiltern tunnels.

The second TBM, to be launched around a month later, will receive the second most popular name. Both will be in use for around three years.

Align JV (HS2’s main contractors and is a Joint Venture formed of Bouyges Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick) will operate the TBMs.

Cecilia is named after Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, the Buckinghamshire-born Astronomer and Astrophysicist who became Chair of Astronomy at Harvard University in the US. 

Florence is after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing who spent many years at Claydon (Buckinghamshire).

Finally, Marie is after Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person and only woman to win a Nobel Prize twice. 

Vote for their favourite name at Voting closes on June 5.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 906, published on June 3, and available digitally from May 30.



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