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Peacehaven tunnels make breakthrough

A Peacehaven waste water treatment scheme has reached a milestone in the construction of the system, with one of two boring machines making a breakthrough at Marine Drive pumping station.

The tunnels will link new wastewater treatment works to the existing Victorian sewer system.

Two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are digging tunnels in lengths in excess of 10km at depths of up to 42 metres underground. The scheme is being delivered by Brighton and Hive 4Delivery Ltd. Their spokesperson for the scheme Craig Reade stated:

“This is a fantastic achievement by the team. The first tunnel breakthrough is a significant milestone in this complex project and I am pleased to share with our client the recognition of the site team’s hard work and effort since the start of the project over a year ago.”

The machine which made the breakthrough ‘Alice’, will now return to Ovingdean where tunnelling will begin on a new 3.6km tunnel to Portabello pumping station.

There are about 95 million litres of waste water that need to be treated each day by residents in the Brighton, Hove, Saltdean, Rottingdean, Ovingdean, Telscombe Cliffs and Peacehaven areas.