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Location address: United Kingdom, Liverpool
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In 1879, the engineer Francis Fox started to design the Mersey Estuary Tunnel. It was a bit of a pickle since there are geological faults under the estuary. He created the first tunnel-drilling machine to carve a way through the rocks. The speed was 60m per week.
The Mersey Tunnels connect Liverpool with the Wirral Peninsula, under the River Mersey. There are three tunnels: the Mersey Railway Tunnel (opened 1886), and two road tunnels, the Queensway Tunnel (opened 1934) and the Kingsway Tunnel (opened 1971). The railway tunnel and Queensway Tunnel connect Liverpool with Birkenhead, while the Kingsway Tunnel runs to Wallasey.