VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews this week joined Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan to announce that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.
The awarding of the contract for the Tunnels and Stations package follows an extensive competitive tender process. The contract includes the construction of the twin nine-kilometre tunnels between South Kensington and South Yarra and five new underground stations at Arden (North Melbourne), Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain (St Kilda Road)
According to the government, the stations will include wider platforms, more natural light and sweeping arches, bringing world-class urban design to the heart of Melbourne and its train network.
There will be revitalised open space above ground at all five stations, and additional entrances to reduce crowding on major streets in the CBD, including two entrances at City Square, and at Swanston Street, Flinders Street, Federation Square, Franklin Street and La Trobe Street.
In Parkville, a new entrance will be built on the doorstep of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, giving thousands of people from Melbourne and regional Victoria better access to the Hospital.
Walkways at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations will be put underground, allowing passengers to change easily between the Metro Tunnel stations and the City Loop.
Domain station will feature a floating timber canopy and sit below the new tram interchange on St Kilda Road, relieving the pressure on the world's busiest tram corridor.
The $11 billion Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east, with new high capacity trains. When complete, capacity will be created on the network to enable 39,000 more passengers to use the rail system during each peak period.
Early works are well under way, with major construction on the tunnel and stations expected to start next year and completion scheduled for 2026.