Cut and cover construction is one of the methods that will be used to build the new Metro Tunnel stations. As the name suggests, cut and cover construction involves using excavation equipment to dig a large trench or rectangular hole in the ground which is then covered by a concrete deck.
There are two main construction methods proposed for the City Rail Link: Cut and cover where the tunnels are dug from the surface . Tunnelling using a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), which travels at some depth below the ground and significantly reduces impact.
Cut and cover tunnel design with DeepEX. Cut and cover tunnel design involves the consideration of many parameters. Cut-and-cover is a simple method of construction for shallow tunnels where a section is first is excavated and then covered over with an overhead support system strong enough to carry the load of what is to be built above the tunnel.
During the construction process for a cut and cover tunnel, a trench is excavated, has an in-situ cast concrete structure placed in it, then is covered with an overhead support system that is strong enough to carry the load of whatever is to be built above the tunnel.