Melbourne Metro Tunnel to open a year ahead of schedule as full contract released

THE Victorian Government last week released the $6 billion 'Tunnel and Stations' PPP contract, which reveals the project is on track to be completed by the end of 2025, with new High Capacity Metro Trains running through the Metro Tunnel a year ahead of schedule.

Final contracts were signed in December with the Cross Yarra Partnership – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital.

The contract outlines that the tunnels and stations will be complete in September 2024, which will allow the track and signalling work to connect the tunnels to the existing rail corridors to be complete by the end of 2025.

Artist's impression of Metro Tunnel at Town Hall Station
Above: Artist's impression of Metro Tunnel at Town Hall Station (formerly known as CBD South Station) / Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.

Also in December, the State Government signed the final contract 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. 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).

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