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Vote launched to name first HS2 tunnelling machines

It is traditional to give female names to tunnelling machines before they are launched.

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HS2 has launched a vote to name its first tunnelling machines (Steve Parsons/PA)

HS2 has launched a vote to name its first tunnelling machines (Steve Parsons/PA)

HS2 has launched a vote to name its first tunnelling machines (Steve Parsons/PA)

HS2 has launched a vote to name its first tunnelling machines.

People can choose from a shortlist of Cecilia, Florence and Marie, which were suggested by schoolchildren.

Cecilia would be named after Buckinghamshire-born astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, while Florence comes from Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing who spent many years in the county.

A defining moment in the history of HS2HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston

Marie is from Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

The two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are being manufactured in Germany.

They will be launched in early 2021 and spend around three years digging the 10-mile long Chiltern tunnels.

It is traditional to give female names to TBMs before they begin their work.

HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said: β€œThe launch of our first TBM will be a defining moment in the history of HS2 – and our work to deliver high capacity, low carbon high speed rail travel for millions of people across the UK.”

Visit https://www.hs2.org.uk/tbmvoting/ to vote.

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