Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project the Metro Tunnel is on track to open a year earlier than expected.
The AUS$6bn (£3.4bn) ‘Tunnel and Stations’ PPP contract has confirmed that 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 Metro Tunnel will untangle the City Loop by taking three of Melbourne’s busiest train lines – Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury – out of the Loop and running them through the new tunnel, creating space for more trains, more often across the network. The project involves driving 9km of new twin bore tunnel and construction of five new stations.
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.