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Farnworth Tunnel Upgrade

Network Rail

Network Rail is investing more than £1 Billion in railway improvement projects in the northwest of England. As part of this upgrade program, enlargement and strengthening works of the existing Farnworth tunnels are necessary at this critical choke point in the system. The Farnworth tunnels are Grade II listed brick-lined tunnels which were originally constructed in the 1800s and not large enough to accommodate new overhead electrification being installed as part of the overall program. A shield Tunnel Boring Machine was used to partially demolish and over excavate the ‘Up Tunnel’, while new shotcrete and steel strengthening measures were installed in the ‘Down Tunnel’.

Independent Category 3 Design Check Services:

Gall Zeidler Consultants provided expert design review services as the Category 3 independent design-checking engineer. Civil structures included in this check included segmental TBM tunnel linings, demolition sequence design, underpinning works, embedded pile retaining walls, soil nail walls, tunneling temporary works, and Sprayed Concrete Lining (SCL), amongst others.


Farnworth, United Kingdom


2014 - 2016


Existing brick-lined tunnels


270 meters (886 feet)


Down Tunnel - 4.5m ID; Up Tunnel – 8m ID


Glacial till deposits


OTB Engineering Ltd


Network Rail