We’d dig your help for a ground-breaking name - METRONET


We’d dig your help for a ground-breaking name

  • 12 July 2021

We need your help to name the Micro Tunnel Boring Machine (MTBM) to be used on METRONET’s Thornlie-Cockburn Link project.

In honour of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of underground workers, it’s an industry good luck tradition to give a female name to tunnel boring machines.

We’re opening it up to the community to come up with an appropriate and creative name for our latest tunnel boring machine, which will drill twin 100m tunnels under the freight rail corridor near the Ranford Road Bridge for a major water main.

At 3.5m long and weighing 27 tonnes, the MTBM is in the mini league compared to the two tunnel boring machines that drilled METRONET’s Forrestfield Airport Link. Those machines named ‘Sandy’ and ‘Grace’ were 130m long and weighed 600 tonnes.

‘Sandy’ was named after the sandgroper nickname used for West Australians. ‘Grace’ was named in honour of a girl battling a serious illness, who her classmates thought was ‘tough’, like the machines.

We’re looking for a similarly meaningful and creative female name to christen our little MTBM.

Click here to enter a name – entries close on 26 July and the winner will be announced by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

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