THE Victorian Government last month announced that final contracts to deliver the $6 billion tunnels and stations package for Melbourne's Metro Tunnel project have been signed with the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP).
The signing of the contract with the consortium, which is led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital, follows an extensive competitive process with the some of the world's most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors.
The $6 billion contract is the biggest contract on public transport project ever delivered in Victoria and paves the way for major construction on the tunnel and stations to start this year.
Craig Laslett, Lendlease CEO, Engineering and Services, said the Metro Tunnel project would not only revolutionise the way people moved around the city but would act as a catalyst for urban renewal across the CBD and beyond.
"In delivering Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project –– one of the biggest public transport projects in Victoria's history – Lendlease is delighted to play a role in helping Melbourne cement its status as the world's most liveable city," Mr Laslett said.
"A world-class project of this scale will create unprecedented opportunities for local employment and procurement, and we look forward to working with government, project stakeholders and the community to bring this project to life."
The final contract has also been signed with CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation to start work on the roll-out of high-capacity signalling on the Metro Tunnel. The $1.1 billion Rail Systems Alliance will allow trains to safely run closer together, meaning they can run more often – creating a turn-up-and-go train network for Melbourne.
High capacity signalling will enable Victoria's new fleet of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains to operate from Sunbury to Cranbourne and Pakenham and through the Metro Tunnel. It will be the first time this technology has been rolled out on an existing network in Australia and will allow trains every two to three minutes.
The approximate $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. The project includes twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels from the west of the city (near South Kensington Station) to the south-east (near South Yarra Station) and new stations in the CBD (State Library Station and Town Hall Station), Parkville, North Melbourne and St Kilda Road (Anzac Station).
Early works are already under way and the project is scheduled to be operational by 2026.