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Whiteball Tunnel - CAT3 Check Phase 2B Refurbishment

Independent design check (CAT 3) of phase 2B refurbishment of the Whiteball tunnel that comprises SCL lining protecting the existing brick lining.
Estimated cost: Commencement:
April 01, 2019
Completion date:
July 01, 2019
TA21 0LS
United Kingdom
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Bid cost: Final cost:
£15 million GBP
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1km rail tunnel named after the nearby village of White Ball built by Brunel (opened 1844 on the Great Western Main Line). Victorian brick-arch lining, which has deteriorated over the years including weathering and chemical reaction from the sulphurous steam trains. A refurbishment scheme was required to make it fit for purpose which was planned through various phases. The early phases of the project involved installation of the RAM Arch System and wire mesh to prevent loose bricks from falling on to the tracks. In latter phases of the refurb - the subject of the CAT3 check - sprayed concrete applied to cover the RAM Arch system coupled with rock bolts with butterfly plates were used to hold the concrete lining.

Whiteball Tunnel Refurbishment Plan
Whiteball Tunnel Refurbishment