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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/levy-to-pay-for-melbourne-metro-a-bad-...

Levy to pay for Melbourne Metro a bad idea, says lord mayor Robert Doyle

April 29, 2015 - 9:16PM Clay Lucas

London does it. New York does it. Even the Gold Coast does it.

But a special levy on commercial property owners who will benefit from a proposed rail tunnel under Melbourne is a bad idea, lord mayor Robert Doyle says.

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Melbourne's City Loop under construction: a levy on the CBD's commercial properties helped fund the project.

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#28

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/federal-government-opens-door-to-fundi...

Federal government opens door to funding Melbourne Metro rail tunnel

June 14, 2015 - 7:28PM Benjamin Press

The commonwealth has opened the door to funding the Melbourne Metro Rail in an apparent thawing after months of hostility.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss said he expected his government would be approached to fund one of the state government's key infrastructure projects, an $11 billion rail tunnel connecting north and south suburban lines through a second CBD subway.

"We will probably receive approaches in relation to that project," he said. "If we receive those approaches then we will have them assessed by Infrastructure Australia and make a decision."

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#29

Well, well, well.

To be fair this was always gonna happen. The reality is the Abbott government cant afford to go to next year's election with the ALP running "Tony Abbott ripped $3 billion out of the Victorian economy" ads ad nauseam. They face wipeout in Victoria as it is.

Good on Dan Andrews for taking full advantage of this though. If he can get them to commit the money in next year's federal budget that would be a massive step forward to actually turning soil on this project this decade.

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#30

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/lord-mayor-robert-doyle-says-swanston-...

Lord mayor Robert Doyle says Swanston Street won't be ripped up for the Metro

June 25, 2015 - 1:12AM Clay Lucas

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Construction of a new rail line under Swanston Street is set to be completed without ripping up the entire street – in stark contrast to claims by former premier Denis Napthine the project would divide Melbourne's CBD "worse than the Berlin wall".

The tunnelling machines to be used on the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel from South Yarra to South Kensington won't be used beneath all of Swanston Street.

Instead, while new railway stations are built at either end of Swanston Street, it will be shut to trams for at least two years while mining and drilling is carried out 10 metres below.

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#31

^^ As much as that concept seems great. imagine the reaction of people when their "park"gets ripped up at the end to re-open the street for trams :)

Sounds more promising though than originally envisaged.

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#32

I remember this and loved it as a kid
Melbourne Metro Rail project

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#33

The official website:

http://mmrailproject.vic.gov.au/

Melbourne Metro Rail project

PROJECT TIMELINE

2015 - 2016

• Site investigations

• Complete project Reference Design development

• Community consultation

• Planning and environmental approvals

• Update business case

2017

• Finalise planning and environment approvals

• Procurement for major construction contract

• Early works before major construction

2018

• Award major construction contract

• Start major construction works

 

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#34

Melbourne Metro Rail Ramps Up

Geotechnical investigations on Swanston St and the project’s community engagement push has already begun.

video:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/melbourne-metro-rail-ramps-up

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#35

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/melbourne-metro-rail-tunnels-under-the-yarra

Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnels Under The Yarra

Wednesday 05 August 2015

The Melbourne Metro Rail Project is taking shape, with the Andrews Labor Government choosing tunnelling as the preferred method for the crossing underneath the Yarra River.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce that tunnel boring machines will be used to excavate the two Melbourne Metro rail tunnels between the new CBD South and Domain stations.

The Government is getting on with planning and development for this transformative project, with $4.5 billion in funding already secured, almost half the total expected cost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PI8FNaf84q4

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#36

Still a lot of questions seem to remain about funding and some technical work, but good to see some progress.

This govt has certainly outdone many past govt's in their ability to communicate a message, even if its just small details that really have no value yet on their own.

Looking forward to what they come up with and hope its actually built. After cancelling EWL, we need something to actually be built for once, not just animations, renders and dreams.

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#37

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hundreds-of-properties-to-be-acquired-...

Hundreds of properties to be acquired for Metro Rail Project

September 22, 2015 - 6:23PM Josh Gordon, Tom Cowie, Richard Willingham

Hundreds of properties stretching along the route of the cross-city Melbourne Metro Rail project from North Melbourne to South Yarra will be compulsorily acquired by the Andrews Government.

The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority on Monday sent letters to 21,000 residents and businesses along the rail alignment, which runs nine kilometres from South Kensington to South Yarra.

Melbourne Metro Rail project

The project - which hasn't yet been fully funded despite a tight self-imposed time frame by the Andrews Government - is expected to cost up to $12 billion.

Although it will dramatically increase passenger number and trains handled by the network, it will also come with significant costs - including temporary noise and visual impacts during construction, changes to infrastructure, and acquisition of scores of businesses and homes.

 

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#38

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/consultation-on-potential-impacts-of-melbo...

Consultation On Potential Impacts Of Melbourne Metro Begins

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Engagement with local residents who may be affected by the construction of Melbourne’s new underground rail network will begin this week.

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has sent letters to 21,000 residents and businesses along the alignment of the new nine-kilometre, twin rail tunnels being built as part of the $9-$11 billion project.

The letter invites locals to come to information sessions and find out more about where the tunnel will go, how it may be built, and the planning process that will be undertaken.

The letter is the next step in an extensive consultation process that is being carried out with households and businesses to ensure they understand the project, why it is needed and how it will affect them.

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#39

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/melbourne-metro-rail-project-property-acqu...

Melbourne Metro Rail Project Property Acquisition

Tuesday 20 October 2015

The process of notifying people whose properties are likely to be required as part of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project has begun.

Following detailed planning, engineering and geotechnical work, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority expects to acquire 44 buildings for the project, affecting 94 titles.

Fifteen of these are residential buildings, including nine houses in South Kensington, five in South Yarra and an apartment building in the CBD with 49 apartments.

The remaining buildings are commercial properties, affecting 31 titles.

Acquisitions will be concentrated around the stations and tunnel entrances.

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#40

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/city-to-keep-moving-while-melbourne-metro-...

City To Keep Moving While Melbourne Metro Rail Is Built

Wednesday 21 October 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrslrNTSY8I

Melbourne’s CBD will keep moving while Australia’s biggest public transport project is built underneath.

Six months ago, Swanston Street was announced as the preferred alignment for the metro tunnels and the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority began investigating a range of measures to reduce disruption in the CBD.

Following these investigations, which included further engineering and geotechnical work, the Authority has confirmed that CBD North and South Stations can be constructed entirely underground, rather than digging them out from the surface down.

Large holes will be excavated next to Swanston Street, the station boxes will be dug out from underneath, and the tunnels bored between the stations while the city keeps functioning above.

This will significantly minimise disruption and enable trams to keep running through the heart of the city on Swanston Street. It also means cross-streets such as Collins Street and La Trobe Street won’t be closed as often or as long.

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#41

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/contracts-on-track-to-over-70m-despite...

Contracts on track to over $70m despite debate over Metro Rail project

October 25, 2015 - 5:41PM Josh Gordon

More than $70 million worth of contracts have been handed out for the Melbourne Metro Rail project so far, despite uncertainty over how it will be paid for and the lack of a recent business case.

Victoria's official tender website reveals the state government is moving rapidly with the project, engaging consultants, project managers, lawyers, engineers, planning advisers and financial experts to thrash out key technical, legal and business details.

So far, 16 contracts worth a total of $70.3 million have been awarded. By far the biggest, worth $54.6 million, went to a joint venture between specialist technical consultants Aurecon, Californian engineering company Jacobs and engineering and management consultants Mott MacDonald.

 

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#42

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-metro-to-close-busy-city-str...

Melbourne Metro to close busy city streets for up to three years, including Domain Road

November 5, 2015 - 6:24PM Adam Carey

The construction of five new subway stations in inner Melbourne will take five years and force the shutdown of some city streets for more than half that time, as 1.7 million tonnes of rock and earth is dug up and trucked away.

The $10.2 million Domain tram interchange is also set to be demolished and rebuilt, it has emerged, just two years after it opened in 2013.

Fresh detail of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro rail tunnel has been released by the authority for the project, revealing some parts of the city face years of major disruption as the nine-kilometre underground railway line is built.

These include the closure for up to three years of part of Grattan Street in Carlton and Domain Road just south of the Shrine of Remembrance.

The section of tram route 8 tram that runs along Domain Road and Park Street in South Yarra will also be closed for up to three years, and diverted to new temporary tram tracks built along the western end of Toorak Road.  

Further detail of where and how each station will be built, including where street-level entry and exit tunnels will be, has also been revealed.

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#43

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/centrepiece-of-melbourne-metro-rail-to-be-...

Centrepiece Of Melbourne Metro Rail To Be Built Through PPP

Thursday 19 November 2015

The centrepiece of the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Victoria’s history will be built through a partnership between Government and the private sector.

Treasurer Tim Pallas and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today confirmed the procurement strategy for the Andrews Labor Government’s Melbourne Metro Rail Project, which will transform Melbourne’s train network into an international-style metro system.

The Labor Government has already committed $4.5 billion to Melbourne Metro Rail, with $1.5 billion allocated in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget,alongside a $3 billion Metro bond agreement. Discussions also continue with the Turnbull Government about the provision of Federal funds towards this transformative project.

A multi-billion dollar Public Private Partnership (PPP) will deliver the largest package of works on this mega-project, including two nine-kilometre rail tunnels and five underground stations.

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#44

Wonder how much commercial interest they will get after their EWL decisions?

Lets hope it goes well. I am sure some Chinese firms will likely want a piece of it though, especially after the FTA was signed.

Slowly but surely this project is moving along.

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#45

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/construction-of-melbourne-metro-rail-to-st...

Construction Of Melbourne Metro Rail To Start In 2017

Tuesday 24 November 2015

The first package of works on the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Victoria’s history – Melbourne Metro Rail – will go to the market tomorrow and begin in just over a year.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce the early works package for the multi-billion project.

The package will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of critical works to prepare key sites for the start of major construction in 2018.

Works will include moving and protecting underground services such as gas, sewer and water mains, stormwater pipes and telecommunications cables, and the relocation of trees and other road features to enable to the construction sites to be established.

Minor road and tram diversions will be put in place near the Domain Interchange, to enable early works to be carried out.

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#46

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/floating-drill-digs-under-the-yarra-for-me...

Floating Drill Digs Under The Yarra For Melbourne Metro

19 January 2016

Geotechnical drilling on the Yarra River has begun as part of the largest public transport project in Victoria’s history – the Andrews Labor Government’s Melbourne Metro Rail Project.

Acting Premier James Merlino joined Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan today to announce the beginning of works on a floating barge, from which the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will gather information from deep under the Yarra.

From this floating work-site, 12 boreholes will be dug up to 35 metres below the riverbed, providing critical information about ground conditions. This information will help determine the exact technical specifications of the twin tunnels and how they will be built.

The two tunnels under the Yarra will be excavated using tunnel boring machines and sit around seven metres below the riverbed.

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#47

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/world-wants-to-invest-in-melbourne-metro/

World Wants To Invest In Melbourne Metro

23 February 2016

Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project, Melbourne Metro Rail, has attracted strong interest from international and local construction companies through the formal Registration of Interest process.

A total of 44 organisations from 11 different countries have formally registered their interest in the largest package of works on the mega-project, which includes two nine-kilometre rail tunnels and five underground stations, and which will be one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects.

The companies are together responsible for the completion of infrastructure projects in over 63 countries worldwide.

Six out of the top ten construction companies in the world have registered their interest, as have four out of Australia’s top-5 non-residential construction companies (Lend-Lease, Thiess, Brookfield Multiplex and CPB).

A number of the interested construction companies are currently involved in some of the world’s largest public transport projects including Crossrail in London and Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia.

Of the companies that have formally registered interest, many are world renowned for the type of infrastructure that Metro will include.

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#48

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/shortlist-for-melbourne-metro-rail-early-w...

Shortlist For Melbourne Metro Rail Early Works Released

24 February 2016

Three world-leading bidders have been shortlisted to deliver the first stage of works on the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Australia.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced the bidders selected for the next phase of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project Early Works package tender process:

• CPB Contractors (formerly Leighton Contractors)

• John Holland KBR JV – comprising John Holland Group and KBR, Inc (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root)

• Lend Lease Coleman Rail JV – comprising Lend Lease Engineering and Coleman Rail Pty Ltd

The shortlisting follows a rigorous Expression of Interest process undertaken by Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), which delivered a high standard of responses from companies around the world.

The Early Works package will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in critical works to prepare key sites for the start of major construction on Melbourne Metro Rail in 2018.

The works include the relocation and protection of underground services such as gas, sewer and water mains, the relocation of trees and other road features, and the design and construction of access shafts.

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#49

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victoria-could-go-it-alone-on-109-bill...

Victoria could go it alone on $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro Rail project

February 29, 2016 - 6:31PM Josh Gordon, Heath Aston

Victoria is not ruling out building the $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro Rail project without federal funding, after walking away empty-handed from a meeting with the Turnbull government.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan flew to Canberra on Monday to push the state's request for $4.5 billion to help build the rail project, which is seen as vital to coping with the increasing capacity of the network.

Victoria has set aside $4.5 billion for the twin nine kilometre cross-city rail tunnels. After releasing the business case last week, Premier Daniel Andrews said he wanted the Turnbull government to become an equal partner in the project ahead of the May state and federal budgets.

The business case concluded the project would return at least $1.10 for every $1 invested using conservative assumptions, or about $1.50 when so-called wider economic benefits were included in the analysis.

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#50

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/turnbull-demands-control-over-infrastr...

Turnbull demands control over infrastructure decisions like Melbourne Metro Rail project

April 7, 2016 - 10:04PM Josh Gordon, State Political Editor

The Turnbull government wants to wrest control from the states for key infrastructure decisions, including Melbourne's $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro Rail project.

In an ominous sign for the Andrews government's flagship project ahead of the May 3 federal budget, Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher has suggested the federal government wants powers to veto state infrastructure decisions that involve federal cash.

"Where the Commonwealth provides funds for a major infrastructure project it will reserve the right to impose conditions, including Commonwealth approval being required for key decisions in relation to the project," Mr Fletcher said in a speech on Tuesday to the Centre for Independent Studies.

In February the Andrews government released a business case for the cross-city rail project, concluding it would return $1.10 for every $1 invested using conservative assumptions, or $1.50 after including so-called wider economic benefits.

At the time, Premier Daniel Andrews demanded the Turnbull government match Victoria's $4.5 billion contribution to the project.

But the blunt nature of Victoria's funding demands appear to have ruffled feathers in Canberra.

"Unsurprisingly, the Commonwealth will not be handing over $4.5 billion on the day it receives a business case," Mr Fletcher said. "Instead, we have a more structured and principled approach to the way we will work with state and territory governments when it comes to infrastructure."

 

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#51

They're happy to fling $3bil on the East-West link because of its apparent national importance - despite a very poor BCR.

And now he wants more strings attached for Melbourne Metro.

Intellectually bankrupt decision.

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