The final construction contracts for Melbourne's $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project have been signed with works beginning in 2018.The last contracts to move forward with Melbourne Metro Tunnel project have been signed and the construction of five new underground stations and connecting tunnels is expected to be underway in the coming new year.
A consortium comprising of LendLease, John Holland and Bouyges Construction, and Capella Capital are to deliver the tunnels and stations package signed with the Cross Yarra Partnership.
The Metro Tunnel will run three of Melbourne’s busiest train lines through a new tunnel to free up Melbourne’s biggest bottleneck.
Twin 9 kilometre rail tunnels from the west of the city to the south-east as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line will deliver a new dedicated pathway through the heart of the city, creating space for more trains to run more often across Melbourne’s rail network.
Five new underground stations will be built at North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library (at the northern end of Swanston Street), Town Hall (at the southern end of Swanston Street) and Anzac (on St Kilda Road).
High capacity signalling will be installed to maximise the efficiency of the new fleet of High Capacity Metro Trains and a train/tram interchange will be built between Anzac Station and the Domain Interchange.
The design and construction of this Metro Tunnel takes Melbourne one step closer to a ‘metro-style’ rail network seen in some of the world’s greatest cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Metro Tunnel project will generate around 7,000 jobs, including 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets as part of the Tunnels and Stations package.
More than 88% of the materials used to build these new tunnels and underground stations will be sourced locally, including 93% local steel. 65% of the project will be delivered by small and medium-sized businesses.
The Metro Tunnel will be Victoria’s largest major public transport and the first underground railway construction project for more than a generation. Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) along with its contractors and their sub-contractors will need to secure a diverse workforce capable of unprecedented collaboration. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 and completed by 2026.
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