A tunnelling machine similar to the one to be used in Newark
A tunnelling machine similar to the one to be used in Newark

Advertiser readers still have time to suggest possible names for Severn Trent’s larger tunnelling machine that will bore underground from Crankley Point to the junction of Millgate and Farndon Road, Newark.

The tunnel — wide enough for a Transit van — is being designed to deliver massive volumes of water at times of heavy rain to the Crankley Point sewage works, Quibells Lane.

The tunnel will be constructed by a 3.3-metre diameter tunnel boring machine that will dig the ground and build a concrete tunnel in segments behind it as it progresses.

The machine weighs 165 tonnes and is 70metres long with all the equipment that it pulls behind it.

It will take several days to launch as components are lowered down a shaft.

The route is from Crankley Point sewage works towards Lincoln Road, crossing below Wolsey Road and Winthorpe Road.

At Lincoln Road it will pass beneath the railway bridge traffic lights and curve around to cross beneath the East Coast mainline, between the bridge and the station.

The tunnel then goes beneath Northgate towards Millgate, under Bargate and Castlegate.

The tunnel goes beneath Millgate to the junction with Farndon Road, at which point another shaft will be dug and the machine will be lifted out.

Winner invited to the launch

Suggestions for a name for the machine can be sent to the Advertiser by email to news@newarkadvertiser.co.uk or by post to Advertiser Media Group, Units 9 and 10 Halifax Court, Fernwood Business Park, Balderton, NG24 3JP.

Entries should be received, with a name, email or postal address and contact telephone number, by Tuesday, August 1. Postal entries should be prefixed with Newsdesk — tunnelling competition.

The winner will be selected by the Advertiser, Severn Trent Water and main contractors BNM Alliance.

The chosen name will be applied to the side of the machine ahead of its launch in August. The winner will be invited to the launch.

Younger readers can submit drawings associated with the tunnelling project, which will be judged separately.

The winning picture or pictures will be reproduced on banners that will be on display at the launch event.

Email or postal entries, including the age of the entrant, should be sent to the above addresses.