Consortium awarded design & build contract of metro tunnel worth $11 billion

Up to 5000 jobs will be created during the construction of the twin 9KM long tunnels and 5 new metro stations. This will eventually increase capacity on Melbourne’s rail network allowing an extra 39,000 people to use the service during peak hour traffic.

The winning consortium, Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) which consists of Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital was announced as the winning bid at a press conference held by Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrews.

“We don’t just talk about it – we’re building the train network Victoria needs and creating thousands of local jobs.”  Said Premier Daniel Andrews

Work on construction is expected to begin this year with a completion date of 2026, the project is a fully funded PPP with $2.9 billion already being allocated by the Victorian Government in the 2016/17 budget.

The Metro Tunnel will comprise:

  • Twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels from the west of the city to the south-east as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line
  • New underground stations at Arden, Parkville, Domain and two new CBD stations directly connected to the City Loop at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations
  • Train/tram interchange at Domain

It has been a busy year in 2017 for rail infrastructure in Australia with the Sydney metro project also pushing ahead, Brisbane’s cross river rail getting the nod, and Perth’s Metronet making progress, along with the inland rail connecting Melbourne and Brisbane.

More information on the project can be read HERE

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