AJM – a joint venture of Aurecon, Jacobs and Mott MacDonald – has been appointed as the technical, planning and engagement advisor for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project in Victoria, Australia by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA).
The joint venture will support MMRA in its responsibility for overseeing planning works, the development of a project reference design, undertaking site investigations, planning approvals, procurement, construction delivery and project commissioning.
According to Jacobs, the project will unlock critically needed capacity in Melbourne’s rail network and begins transforming the network into an international metro-style rail system. It includes two 9km rail tunnels from South Kensington to South Yarra as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line; new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain; train/tram interchanges at Parkville and Domain; and rail tunnel entrances at South Kensington and South Yarra.
Ground investigation work for the project is already underway and MMRA has said that the investigation is on a scale not seen before in Melbourne with boreholes being undertaken at 140 different sites to depths of up to 50m. The first stage of ground investigation is expected to be completed in August this year.
Construction is expected to start in 2018.