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All parties will look at politics in these decisions.

Like it or not, the EWL link did have a decent amount of popular support, but that was not enough to justify people voting for the Liberals in the face of Abbott's unpopularity. Even though the Business case had some dismal numbers to support the project, even the current Labor govt in this state can not rule out building the project in the future, which certainly leaves them in an interesting position, especially after spending $1.1 billion to break a contract to build it.

I do tend to agree with the concept that more value should be extracted from the increases which the Metro Rail Tunnel would bring to surrounding property and associated benefits. Not much has been heard around how that will be captured, and that would be a wasted opportunity to finance this and future projects of significant scale (including any Metro Rail Tunnel 2 project).

Too many decisions are politically motivated though from all sides and this is what hurts us all in the end.

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Alastair Taylor's picture

Like it or not, the EWL link did have a decent amount of popular support

Clearly not enough in November 2014. There's no fence-sitting or placating the masses with that fact.

If you just look at the politics that gets technicolour-yawned in the mainstream media, Andrews has said the E-W link won't be built. Some of their other press releases have muddied this a bit but I dare say this is because of Infrastructure Victoria (which no doubt is going to look at road needs - which they should be doing) - but more to the point, there's an opening for the study of a different kind of east-west road link - such as Metro Ring Road to Eastern FWY/Eastlink. I for one would be very interested to see the outcome of doing a business case on that, I wouldn't necessarily be opposed to it if it had a poor return outcome either.

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Melbourne Metro: South Yarra railway station must be included, rail expert finds

19 April 2016 - 3:12PM

Clay Lucas, Adam Carey and Josh Gordon

Tens of thousands of extra commuters would benefit from an underground railway station at South Yarra, which could be built for as little as $400 million, new research has found.

The research contradicts the basis of the Andrews government's decision not to include South Yarra station in its $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro underground plan. The rail line is to run from South Kensington to South Yarra.

The new findings come from one of the original architects of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel plan, who was commissioned by Stonnington Council.
Melbourne is to get a new underground rail line - but South Yarra will not get a new station under current plans.

Melbourne is to get a new underground rail line - but South Yarra will not get a new station under current plans. Photo: Craig Abraham

The council is pressuring the Andrews government to include South Yarra station in its plans for the rail tunnel.

And the council wants the Turnbull government to insist on including South Yarra in the project if it decides to help fund it.

"This is a once-in-a-generation project and it is vital we reap the maximum benefit," Stonnington mayor Claude Ullin said.
Cranes dot the South Yarra skyline alongside the railway station.

Cranes dot the South Yarra skyline alongside the railway station. Photo: Eddie Jim

South Yarra is the busiest Melbourne railway station outside the CBD.

It attracts 28,000 commuters a day, and the council projects this will leap to 40,000 by 2031.

If a new underground station was built at South Yarra as part of the $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro, it would benefit an extra 65,000 passengers a day, the council-commissioned report predicts.

But the Andrews government has ruled out connecting the Melbourne Metro to South Yarra station, even though the rail tunnel will pass just metres from it, because it would cause huge disruption but benefit few passengers.

The state government argues a new station at South Yarra would cost between $700 million and almost $1 billion to build, due to the need for extensive property acquisition in one of Melbourne's wealthiest suburbs.

Stonnington's report was written by William MacDougall, the senior transport planner who helped devise the original 2007 plan for a metro under central Melbourne.

Mr MacDougall said he was "reasonably certain there is a case to be answered" for a new railway station connecting the Melbourne Metro to South Yarra. He also led a study for the Baillieu government proposing a new rail line to Rowville.

"The government's assessment said the costs would outweigh the benefits," he said. "If the costs can come down and we can re-assess the benefits it won't be as straightforward as they are saying it is."

Stonnington's Cr Ullin said pedestrian counts commissioned by the council showed the state government's projections were grossly underestimated, and overstated the cost of a new South Yarra interchange.

"It is possible to shave up to $300 million off the cost of South Yarra ... simply by thinking a little more broadly," he said.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the Melbourne Metro business case looked at three different options for a South Yarra connection.

"It would cost close to a billion dollars, destroy more than 100 properties, bring little benefit to South Yarra locals and disadvantage thousands of passengers coming in on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line," she said.

Federal major projects minister Paul Fletcher would not address the specific question of whether the Commonwealth will make a South Yarra station a specific requirement of federal funding.

He said only that the Commonwealth's intention was to maximise "city outcomes".

The Commonwealth is reserving the right to attach conditions to any federal funding contribution, including for the metro rail project.

State Opposition leader Matthew Guy said the economic modelling underpinning the Melbourne Metro business case had been badly botched.

He said the project should be built properly to meet future population growth, even if it meant spending hundreds of millions extra.

Prahran Greens MP Sam Hibbins also said the new research from Stonnington Council showed a South Yarra interchange should be included in the Melbourne Metro project.

"An interchange between South Yarra station and Melbourne Metro can be built with less expense and disruption than the state government has been telling us," he said

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Victorian budget 2016: State to fund $10.9b Melbourne Metro Rail project

April 27, 2016 - 6:14PM Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Victoria will go it alone and fund the $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro rail project, Treasurer Tim Pallas has declared in his second state budget.

The big ticket item in Wednesday's state budget is a further $2.9 billion for the nine kilometre rail tunnel between Kensington, under the city, to South Yarra, over the next four years, with a commitment to fund it beyond the forward estimates.

But the government has also foreshadowed a medium-term plan to unleash an extra $46 billion for major projects over the next decade. That plan includes an extra $18 billion by ratcheting the state's debt levels from about 4.8 per cent of the state economy to 6 per cent.

In a politically charged budget, Mr Pallas and Premier Daniel Andrews antagonistically accused the Turnbull government of dithering over state infrastructure projects, repeating a complaint that Victoria gets a meagre 9 per cent of the federal infrastructure carve up.

"I'm not sure the federal government knows where Victoria is, certainly their allocations don't seem to give much confidence that they do," Mr Pallas said.

"Victoria seems to be treated as an afterthought in the mind of the Commonwealth … the depressing reality says that the electoral pendulum seems to be influencing where allocations are made."

Mr Pallas has rejected federal offers of loans to fund the project, calling for a partnership with the Commonwealth instead to fund the project.

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Peter Maltezos's picture


Multi-Billion Dollar Metro Tunnel Out To Market

28 April 2016

The biggest public transport project in Australia is out to market.

Acting Premier James Merlino joined Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, today to announce Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being sought to deliver Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel.

This Public Private Partnership – expected to be in the range of $6 billion – will deliver the nine kilometre twin tunnels under the CBD, and the five new underground stations.

The start of the Metro Tunnel procurement process has been made possible by yesterday’s announcement that the Andrews Labor Government would fully fund and deliver the project.

While the Labor Government would welcome a partnership from any future Commonwealth Government, this project simply cannot wait any longer.

The guaranteed funding has given the market the stability it needs to enter the tender process, after significant interest from some of the world’s biggest construction and engineering firms.

The new Metro Tunnel will give the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines their own tunnel through the CBD, which will free up space in the Loop to run more trains in and out of the City.

It includes five new underground stations, at Arden, Parkville and Domain, and two new city stations directly connected to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central.

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Bilby's picture

Game changer.

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pdoff's picture

Absolutely agree Bilby. I'll probably draw ire from the many Mathew Guy supporters on here and SSC but this state is in better hands than it has been in decades.

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Melbourne's new train station revealed - and there's something not quite right about it

May 12, 2016 - 8:26AM Liam Mannix

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Melbourne, meet your new train station. Photo: Daniel Andrews / Twitter

It's a lovely, glossy image of the Parkville metro station, part of Melbourne's proposed underground Melbourne Metro project, complete with a set of escalators that runs passengers heavenward. And wall cladding that is reminiscent of New York's Stock Exchange ticker. Premier Daniel Andrews, as is his wont, announced it via a tweet Thursday morning.

Can you spot the really strange thing, though?

What's going on with the platforms?

Judging by the artist's impression - and yes, it is only a render - there are large panels separating trains from platforms.

Can they actually be platform screen doors? How would such things work? 

If they are platform screen doors, they are an entirely new concept for Melbourne, but not for the world. The London Metro uses them at some stations, as do underground train stations in Dubai and Singapore.

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Michael Berquez's picture

I always loved the way they did the Jubilee Line in London very similar to this. Good news.

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Alastair Taylor's picture

In case you missed it, the infographic under the business case on the project's site seems to suggest a few certain other things not announced - like that the new line that will be created as a result of the Melbourne Metro tunnel will run on a different voltage to the current network.

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Also Thursday's announcement all but says a CBTC and moving block system will be implemented: https://urban.melbourne/transport/2016/05/13/green-over-red-high-capacit...

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pdoff's picture

Thanks Alastair. As you mentioned over at SSC, the reference to the Clifton Hill-Newport Metro is interesting.

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Aussie Steve's picture

I am curious to hear more about the Tram Plan. There are a few interesting notes in the above plan about Park, Street, South Melbourne and Elizabeth St/Flinders St connection. I wonder what else is planned. Hopefully more extensions and realignments.

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drunkill's picture

I always loved the way they did the Jubilee Line in London very similar to this. Good news.

Yes, the Canary Wharf Station has some nice sci-fi looking elements to it as well...
Melbourne Metro Rail project
Melbourne Metro Rail project

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theboynoodle's picture

the reference to the Clifton Hill-Newport Metro is interesting.

Are there any actual proposals showing where this line would actually go? Presumably it's (partly) about serving Fishermans Bend? But what else is it doing? Any potential new stations elsewhere?

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pdoff's picture

It's from stages 3 & 4 of the PTV report from 2013. There's an entire thread on it..


Attaching diagrams is not my strong point but here's a link to the map of stage 4 itself (it's the grey line).


As well as Fishermans Bend you would assume there'll be new stations along the Carlton-Fitzroy-Collingwood axis somewhere. The map doesn't show an extension to Newport but the report itself does mention this as a possible future option to service continued growth on the Werribee line.

I'm not sure if anyone is aware of this concept being officially discussed any further other than the PTV report and, more recently and encouragingly, in the diagram attached to Alastair's post above.

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It's the possibility it running under Fitzroy, and maybe putting a station around there, that I'm interested in (Living, as I do, in the middle of it). I'm not sure there's a huge need (with trams along Smith, Brunswick and Nicholson streets... the latter being more akin to light rail anyway) but if the line was heading this way anyway then it would be a nice thought. Somewhere close to Brunswick & Johnston would suit me... not that there's any reason to think it'll still be convenient in 20 years time when it opens.

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Melbourne Metro: city square, parks, sports fields to be occupied for years

May 25, 2016 - 12:15AM Adam Carey

Melbourne's City Square will become a construction site for several years and up to 900 trees around the inner city will go when the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel is built. 

South Yarra residents will also lose a local park and can expect to see a huge spike in truck movements during construction, even though they will not gain a new station after the tunnel is built.

The Environment Effects Statement for the Melbourne Metro project will be released for public feedback on Wednesday, and will detail the impact the nine-kilometre rail tunnel will have on inner Melbourne, both permanently and while it is being built.

Those effects, including a host of road closures and curbs on traffic flow, will begin to be felt from next year when early works on the $10.9 billion project begin.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said great effort had been made to minimise disruption, though some impact would be inevitable on such a large project. 

"We know this project will disrupt Melbourne for many years, but it will be worth it for the decades of benefits it will bring, with more trains in and out of the city and less congestion on our roads," Ms Allan said.

Potential disruptions include:

• The occupation of the Fawkner Park Tennis Courts to create a home for tunnel boring machines that will burrow beneath St Kilda Road, the Yarra River and Swanston Street. The courts may also become the site for a permanent emergency escape shaft from the rail tunnel.

• The South African Soldiers Memorial on St Kilda Road will be temporarily moved, and nearby Albert Road Reserve and Edmund Herring Reserve used as construction sites, which will ensure the Shrine of Remembrance remains untouched during works.

• The RMIT basketball courts on A'Beckett Street could become a works zone for some years.

• The South Yarra Siding reserve will be occupied and a new bridge built between the reserve and Osbourne Street for truck access.

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Michael Berquez's picture

At least the Sth Yarra siding reserve will be used for something now, it's not like anybody else uses it.

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Peter Maltezos's picture

Parkville Station rendering.

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Melbourne Metro Rail project


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pdoff's picture

Interesting article in the Herald Sun from back in November posted by Sydney over in Ozscrapers. I don't recall it being posted here (or well anywhere).


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NYC Underground Experience Comes Down Under

5 June 2016

The Andrews Labor Government’s signature infrastructure project, the Metro Tunnel, will benefit from the construction expertise of the largest and most expensive transport project in the United States.

In a rare glimpse of New York City’s East Side Access project, Premier Daniel Andrews went around 45 metres below the streets of midtown Manhattan to inspect progress on the 9.65km tunnel connecting Grand Central Station to the Long Island Rail Road – the busiest commuter rail network in America.

The entire East Side Access project includes 13 kilometres of tunnelling under the East River in New York and will reduce daily commute times by up to 40 minutes.

The Premier was joined by Dr Michael Horodniceanu, President of the project arm of New York City’s Metropolitan Transport Authority, and the Co-ordinator General of Victoria’s Major Transport Program, Corey Hannett.

The East Side Access project has encountered significant challenges; encountering 350 million year-old rock during the tunnelling.

The underground tour was a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of New York City and gain valuable insights for Victoria’s Metro Tunnel Project.

The Premier also announced that Dr Horodniceanu has accepted an invitation to visit Victoria later this year, providing further advice and support ahead of major construction starting in 2018.

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Major Work On Metro Tunnel To Begin Next Year

22 June 2016

Major work on the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history will begin early next year.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to announce that John Holland has been awarded the first major Metro Tunnel contract, which now includes excavating massive shafts in the centre of Melbourne as part of preparations for the tunnel and five new underground stations.

The $324 million works package includes the excavation of huge open shafts adjacent to Swanston Street to enable the underground construction of the two new city stations built as part of the $10.9 billion project.

The station shafts will be up to 35 metres deep – more than 11 storeys below the ground –  and involve the excavation of 34 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of soil and rock from beneath the city.

Excavation of the CBD North Station will involve two shafts – at  Franklin and A’Beckett Street – which will be covered by massive acoustic sheds to reduce noise for neighboring residents and offices. Construction of CBD South will be involve the partial demolition of the carpark underneath City Square.

Building the shafts as part of this package will enable us to get straight to work building the stations and tunnel underneath Swanston Street.



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World’s Best Shortlisted To Build The Metro Tunnel

11 August 2016

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Three consortia featuring the world’s best construction companies have been shortlisted to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground train stations.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to announce the shortlisted bidders for the $6 billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) to build the biggest public transport project in Victorian history:

Continuum Victoria – comprising ACCIONA Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination

Cross Yarra Partnership – comprising Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital

Moving Melbourne Together – comprising Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital

The Metro Tunnel will create 4,700 jobs and free up space in the City Loop to run more services in and out of the City on lines across the network, benefiting passengers across Melbourne.

The PPP will build and fit-out the nine-kilometre Metro Tunnel and the five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.

New details about the construction of the tunnels has also been revealed, with up to six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) set to be used during construction, each up to 100 metres long and weighing more than 1,000 tonnes.

In preparation for this significant work, three giant shafts will be excavated in the CBD – at Franklin Street and A’Beckett Street near Melbourne Central station, and at City Square near Flinders Street Station.

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Not stopping at South Yarra means fewer trains, less often, council argues

SEPTEMBER 7 2016 - 8:31PM Clay Lucas

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Fewer trains will stop at the existing South Yarra railway station if a Metro Tunnel project bypasses the area, the Andrews government's own documents show.

And there will initially be longer waiting times for passengers at South Yarra if the government does not build a new station there as part of the $11 billion tunnel, a hearing into the project's effects has heard.

As the map below shows, the rail tunnel will not stop at South Yarra – diving below the surface just metres from the existing station and re-emerging in South Kensington.

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Trains on Melbourne's busiest lines, Cranbourne and Pakenham, will use the new rail tunnel. It means that, once the tunnel opens in 2026, Cranbourne and Pakenham line trains will skip South Yarra and instead stop at the new Domain station on St Kilda Road.

The government argues it would cost almost $1 billion more to build a new South Yarra station as part of the rail tunnel, and that the area is already superbly serviced by public transport.

But Stonnington Council opposes the plan to skip South Yarra on the new line.

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Aussie Steve's picture

Good on the City of Stonnington for pursuing this issue!

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