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Finne Tunnel

Photo: Finne Tunnel: Tunnel boring machine at the construction site
Facts and Figures
Company PORR Tunnelbau GmbH and PORR GmbH & Co. KGaA in a consortium
PrincipalDB Netz AG, represented by DB ProjektBau, regional area south east, large-scale project VDE 8
LocationHerrengosserstedt - Germany
Type Tunneling
Runtime11.2006 - 11.2012

Time saving of two hours from a tunnel of just 6.83km

Part of realising the North-South Highway Berlin–Munich–Verona by Deutsche Bahn involved the extension and new construction of the lines Berlin–Leipzig and Halle–Erfurt–Nuremberg along with the construction of the Finne Tunnel. Since the end of 2012 trains can pass through the 6.83km tunnel at speeds of up to 300km/h, which has cut the travel time between Munich and Berlin from six hours to just four hours.

The project was carried out in two phases. The works on the north tunnel tube started in May 2008 and were completed around half-a-year ahead of schedule in September 2009. The driving of the south tunnel tube began in November 2008. Works here also progressed rapidly. In February 2010 – five months before the planned date – the team celebrated the breakthrough to the north tunnel tube.

In addition to the challenging task of tunnelling under Schecktal – a section of tunnel with a distance to the surface of just 4.2m – the tunnelling project involved the following key measures:

  • The new construction of two parallel, single-track tunnels using the shield method across a length of 6,822m, respectively 1,547m with slurry-supported shield with water pressure of up to 6 bar (single-layer lining with reinforced concrete tubbing elements, outer diameter: 10.82m)
  • Start and target pits
  • Groundwater lowering using 178 drilled wells across a 4.45km stretch
  • 16 cross cuts, of which two with protective ground freezing
  • Portals and sections using cut-and-cover method
  • Earthworks and terrain modelling