Linthouse Tunnel (Blow-out)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Richard Brooman-White Mr Richard Brooman-White , Rutherglen 12:00 am, 15th November 1960

On 22nd October when the north drive of No. 1 tunnel had reached a point roughly below the back wall of the car-ferry recess on the north bank a blow-out occurred at the tunnel face. Pressure was lost and water entered the tunnel, but the reserve compressor plant was immediately brought into use and all personnel were safely evacuated. Repair work was begun almost immediately but will take some weeks to complete. I understand that tunnelling at this point is likely to be resumed in about a month's time.