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Costain bags £34m tunnelling project

Costain has announced that it has been given the green light for a tunnelling project worth around £34 million to help improve the quality of water in the Manchester Ship Canal.

The planned tunnels, which will reach a total length of around 1.8km, are part of a scheme by United Utilities to help clean up the Salteye Brook in Salford.

Once completed they will help to provide enough capacity to handle the onslaught of heavy storms, while also preventing uncontrolled discharges.

The project is part of a wider £90 million plan to clear up the historic waterway and will see construction commence in the early part of 2015.

The first phase will see the creation of deep shafts, with tunneling set to start the following spring.

The tunnels will run next to Junction 11 of the M60, while then running parallel to the motorway and on to the Eccles waste water treatment works. It will then head under the M60 Barton High Level Bridge close to the Manchester Ship Canal, before passing the Salford City Reds rugby stadium to a new outfall structure situated at the Port Salford Locks.

Work on the outfall structure is set to be completed in the summer of 2016.

Matt Crabtree, Costain Water Sector Director said: “The route crosses below the M60 Barton piers, narrowly avoiding raking piles from the bridge pier structures.

“We will continuously use the latest survey monitoring technology in real time to monitor bridge and highway structure movement before, during and after the TBM completes its journey.

“In order to ensure that there is minimal impacts to the sensitive Highways Agency structures, a large team of tunnel engineers will be working around the clock to ensure the project is completed successfully.”ADNFCR-1203-ID-801751834-ADNFCR


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