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First Melbourne Metro Tunnel TBM on way

The first of four-massive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project, Australia, will arrive later this month.

The 100m long, 1,000t TBM is due to arrive at the Port of Melbourne and will then be trucked from the Port of Melbourne to the future North Melbourne Station site before being launched underground towards Kensington in May.

Victorian government acting Premier Jacinta Allan said: “With our first Metro Tunnel TBM on its way to Melbourne, we’re yet another step closer to more trains, more often, to and from the suburbs.”

In November the first road header machine was launched to mine out two new stations for the scheme. 

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.

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