Marseille Metro Line 1
France, Marseille
2006 – 2008

Marseille has had a metro network since 1977 with two lines available since 1984. Line 1 was to be extended to La Fourragére by 2.5 kilometers. For this project, a Herrenknecht EPB Shield started tunnelling in December 2006. Only 13 month later, on January 22, 2008 the machine entered the target shaft after driving though conglomerate. marl, sandstone, brown coal and sand.

Data Sheet

Country, Location

France, Marseille


2006 – 2008




Soft ground
Heterogeneous ground
Conglomerate, marl, sandstone, brown coal, sand

Tunnelling length

1,965 m

Machine Data

1x EPB Shield:
Diameter: 9,755 mm
Lining method: Segmental lining
Cutterhead power: 2,800 kW
Torque: 21,400 kNm

Your contact person Contact us

Steffen Dubé President and General Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc.
Gerhard Goisser Commercial Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA, Inc.