Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has confirmed that it is currently holding talks with the Victorian state government and Melbourne Metro over tunnelling work planned close to its facility.
Peter Mac said in a statement that it is in discussions to ensure any vibration risks from construction of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel are fully understood and contingency plans are in place. The hospital said that work will not affect any current planned treatment as the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are not due to pass the facility for another year.
Vibrations from the TBMs are expected to affect the hospital, including highly sensitive equipment, for a nine day period according to the project’s environmental impact report.
“These discussions will ensure minimal impact on patient services once these works get underway,” said a hospital spokesperson. “The Metro Tunnel is a great opportunity to connect our state-of-the-art medical, research and education precinct to Melbourne’s train network.”