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Łódź, construction of a railway tunnel under the city. Failure on al. Włókniarzy, foam knocked out on the main thoroughfare, tram traffic stopped

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On Wednesday, on Aleja Włókniarzy in Łódź, one of the main arteries connecting the north and south of the city, foam began to come out. According to the office, this is probably a leak of a soil softening substance from a railway tunnel drilled under Łódź. MPK stopped running trams.

On Wednesday evening, the portal of the Łódź magistrate published photos of foam gushing from the ground near the tram tracks. The substance that comes to the surface is – according to the office’s website – probably a substance for softening the ground. “It makes it easier for the TBM machine to drill a tunnel, in which concrete elements – the so-called tubings – are immediately placed. Then, a mixture is applied to seal the tunnel structure” – we read in the information on the unusual failure.

“Due to safety, the substance will go to research” – the authors of the communiqué say.

The substance is to be testedLodz.pl

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Due to a defect, tram traffic on al. Włókniarzy at ul. Drewnowska in both driving directions until further notice. Replacement buses run in their place – along al. Włókniarzy and Limanowskiego from the intersection of al. Włókniarzy and ul. Kopernika to the Żabieniec loop.

We asked representatives of PKP PLK for a comment. We are still waiting for an answer.

The failure allegedly occurred during the drilling of a railway tunnel under the cityLodz.pl

Construction of the “Łódź metro”

On the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, the next stage of drilling a tunnel under the city began under Aleja Włókniarzy.

Interior of TBM FaustynaPKP PLK

The construction of the cross-city tunnel with a total length of 7.5 km is a continuation of the works started with the construction of the Łódź Fabryczna station. According to PKP PLK, the investment will contribute to the creation of an effective system of national interregional connections covering the region of central Poland. The tunnel will be opened by the Łódź Fabryczna station, which will turn from a final station into a transit station. The travel time will be shortened, and both regional and long-distance trains will be able to travel through the very center of Łódź.

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Three stops will be built in the tunnel (Łódź Śródmieście, Łódź Polesie and Łódź Koziny), which will provide convenient access to the city center, which will facilitate daily commuting to work and school for the inhabitants of the agglomeration and the province. The project “Unblocking the Łódź Railway Junction (TEN-T), Stage II, section Łódź Fabryczna – Łódź Kaliska/Łódź Żabieniec” is co-financed under the Operational Program Infrastructure and Environment. Its value is over PLN 1.7 billion, of which EU funding is over PLN 1.4 billion.

The tunnel is to run under the very center of ŁódźPKP PLK

The failure occurred at ul. Textiles.

Main photo source: Lodz.pl

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