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Michael Duggan

Also known as: Mike.

Picture of Michael Duggan.

It is announced with sadness that Mike Duggan died suddenly in early August. Mike was a well-known personality to the UK tunnelling fraternity, a regular at BTS meetings in London, and a tunnelling engineer with a busy career.

Mike worked mostly for contractors starting his career on the Kielder hydro project in the early 1970s, and continuing to the Redcar ocean outfall project; the NATM trial tunnel for Saltash road tunnel project in Cornwall; and the Piccadilly Line extension of the London Underground to Heathrow Terminal 4 as agent for the Taylor Woodrow/Thyssen GB JV (T&TI, 1984-5).

Mike then moved onto the Channel Tunnel Project where he mobilised the UK undertaking from the office at Ashford before moving onto site at Shakespeare’s Cliff to oversee removal of the old TBM from the aborted 1974 Channel Tunnel heading as a starter. A recent contribution from Mike to T&TI in the July 2007 issue (pxx) was a testimonial about his association with the Mühlhäuser Company and his selection of Mühlhäuser rolling stock and equipment for the Channel Tunnel UK operation.

Following Channel Tunnel, Mike worked as Contract Manager for Donelon on the challenging Royal Docks Drainage tunnels, and subsequently moved onto the Bristol Interceptor Scheme.
He was project manager on the Cromer long sea outfall tunnel contract off the coast of Norfolk for Sir Robert McAlpine and worked with Geoff Aslett at Molegrove on shaft sinking projects in London. Most recently, and before retiring in April 2007, he worked for Tube Lines, the PPP company in charge of maintaining and upgrading the Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly Lines of the London Underground.
A friend and former boss described Mike as a good engineer with a keen sense of what needed to be done, “but he could be prickly”. Another close friend and colleague from the Channel Tunnel days said; “we shared an ultra-dry sense of humour and a lack of fear of saying the truth when nobody really wanted to hear it. You know 'the Emperor has no clothes on!' sort of thing.” Mike mellowed somewhat during his years at Tube Lines.
Mike is missed by his wife, Michelle, by his two daughters Helen and Ruth, and by so many in the UK tunnelling society.

Pic: Mike’s hobbies were sailing and restoring vintage Triumph TR2s. The red TR2 to the right was a particular source of satisfaction in his sadly short retirement.

Added by: Peter Wright on 21 August 2007.

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