hyperTunnel has won a Europe-wide public bid to work with Network Rail on a non-disruptive tunnel construction and repair methodology.

The contract means hyperTunnel’s suite of innovative repair products and services will now be fully developed to provide new solutions to Network Rail for the maintenance and improvement of regional railway infrastructure, which includes approximately 650 Victorian age tunnels across the UK.

David Castlo, Professional Head (Mining and Tunnels) at Network Rail, said: “Our large portfolio of Victorian tunnels requires increasing levels of work to meet the needs of the railway network. However, we want to reduce the level of disruption to our passengers so we are constantly searching for new approaches to enlarging or re-lining tunnels that reduce the length of time a tunnel will be closed to trains.”

“We are delighted that hyperTunnel’s infraTech will provide Network Rail with completely new methods of repairing and enlarging tunnels that avoid the complete closure of tunnels,” says Patrick Lane-Nott, Director of Engineering at hyperTunnel. “Details of our various unique methodologies are still largely under wraps, but they are suitably developed and proven to attract the attention of Network Rail. We are very excited about the potential of this collaboration, as it will allow us to demonstrate more widely, the time and cost-saving benefits of our processes, as well as the safety and environmental advantages.”