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#77

"One document, the government's 2015 Customer Outcome and Economic Assessment Report, concedes not building a railway station at South Yarra as part of the project would reduce the number of services, from a train every 75 seconds to every two minutes."

South Yarra station needs an upgrade because entry/exit facilities are not fit for the number of people using it. Whether it should be included in this project should be down to the long term costs and benefits of including it (and not the knee-jerk "well it seems daft to skip it" reaction that, I think, most of us have to the current proposal.

Let us not, however, get traumatized by a reduction in the frequency of services from one every 75 seconds to one every 120 seconds. If the people of South Yarra really think it's worth spending $1b to reduce their average wait time by 22.5 seconds then they can pass the hat around and pay for it themselves.

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#78

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/work-on-fully-funded-metro-tunnel-begins/

Work On Fully-Funded Metro Tunnel Begins

22 September 2016

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Work on the Metro Tunnel – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has begun.

Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, visited the project’s first worksite at Domain today to announce the start of enabling works on the fully-funded $10.9 billion project.

The works are part of the Metro Tunnel early works contract – the first package of works on the project – which was awarded to John Holland in June.

Work has now started on the relocation and protection of up to 100 services under the $324 million contract, which also includes the excavation of 11-storey deep shafts next to Swanston Street to enable the construction of the two new city stations.

The station shafts, due to begin early next year, will be up to 35 metres deep and involve the excavation of 34 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of soil and rock from beneath the city.

The next stage of the tender process on the biggest works package – the $6 billion Metro Tunnel and Stations PPP – has also been reached, with the Request for Proposal now released to the three world-class shortlisted bidders.

The Metro Tunnel’s huge boost to services is desperately needed. New data released today shows the proportion of overcrowded peak services on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line jumped nine per cent in the past year – more than any other line.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#79

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/metro-tunnel-to-transform-melbournes-tram-...

Metro Tunnel To Transform Melbourne’s Tram Network

25 October 2016

The Metro Tunnel will transform Melbourne’s tram network as it builds a new train system below the city.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that works at Domain will begin shortly, with a worksite to be established in the southern corner of the Shrine Reserve early next month.

The site will not affect the road or tram network, and work will initially focus on relocating gas, water and other services.

But as work ramps up next year, large construction sites will be established on St Kilda Road and Domain Road to build Domain Station and eventually provide a launch site for the massive tunnel boring machines that will dig the Metro Tunnel.

These sites will prevent Route 8 trams turning right onto St Kilda Road from Domain Road. As a result, the project will build new tracks along Toorak Road West, allowing trams to turn onto St Kilda Road south of the Domain construction site.

When this work is complete by mid-next year, Routes 8 and 55 will be combined into a new Route 58, which will run from Toorak through South Yarra to St Kilda Road via the new Toorak Road West connection.  Trams will then turn left down Park Street and run along Kings Way to William Street, on to West Coburg.

At the same time, Route 6 from Glen Iris will be extended from Melbourne University to Moreland, to replace Route 8 services on Lygon Street.

This will ensure there is no reduction in service for passengers in Brunswick and Coburg, and will increase services to Prahran, Malvern and Glen Iris.

The Metro Tunnel project will also build new tram connections on Toorak Road West in South Yarra, Park Street in South Melbourne and on Flinders Street in the CBD to allow trams to continue at the end of Elizabeth Street.

These connections will allow trams to spread out across the city once the Metro Tunnel is up and running, delivering high-frequency train services from Domain to Parkville and relieving pressure on trams along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road – the busiest tram route in the world.

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#80

I still don't understand the rationale behind the Elizabeth St/Flinders St connection. Is it only to provide for Metro related diversions in the Swanston St corridor, or is it part of a broader network overhaul. Surely Elizabeth St long term doesn't need a capacity boost given its three existing routes (any capacity increase should be through larger rolling stock, but more services). At the moment tram turning movements are a significant source of delay to services (just think 86 and 96 conflicts at Spencer). Surely we wouldn't want to be introducing more of these

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#81

New video for the alignment, great city flythrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rplO_Mp5DDk

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#82

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-melbourne-ready-for-the-metro-tunn...

Getting Melbourne Ready For The Metro Tunnel Project

28 November 2016

Work will be undertaken at more than 250 locations across the CBD to prepare Melbourne for the Metro Tunnel.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today announced more than $25 million in road and traffic management upgrades to keep the city moving while the Metro Tunnel is built.

From early next year, Franklin Street will close between Swanston Street and Victoria Street, and A’Beckett Street will close between Swanston and Stewart Streets. They will remain closed for five years to enable construction of the new CBD North Station, next to Melbourne Central.

To improve traffic flow and provide an alternative to these roads, parking near intersections on La Trobe Street between Exhibition and King Streets will be removed. A ‘no stopping’ zone will also be introduced eastbound on Victoria Street between Leicester and Nicholson Streets in the morning peak.

In late April, Domain Road will be closed from St Kilda Road to the edge of Edmund Herring Oval for construction of the new Domain station, and trams will begin running along the new Toorak Road West connection.

From late 2017, St Kilda Rd will be reconfigured to one lane in each direction between Domain and Toorak Road for three years while the new Domain Station is built. Tram, pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained.

In addition to these alterations, more than 100 traffic lights at key intersections across inner Melbourne will be re-programmed to improve traffic flow, and CCTV cameras will be installed on alternative routes such as Kings Way and Queens Road, to monitor traffic in real-time and respond to incidents on these key corridors quicker.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#83

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/environmental-plan-in-place-for-the-metro-...

Environmental Plan In Place For The Metro Tunnel

21 December 2016

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has signed off on the rigorous Environmental Effects Statement for the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Metro Tunnel Project.

The $10.9 billion Metro Tunnel will give three of the busiest train lines their own tunnel through the CBD, freeing up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often to the suburbs and regional Victoria.

As a result of the EES, 119 fewer trees will be lost, Fawkner Park will no longer be used for the project and property acquisition in Kensington has been reduced from 22 to one.

The Minister has also requested further action from the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority to minimise impacts on the community, businesses and surrounding heritage.

The MMRA is also required to set up new stakeholder groups along the alignment to work with communities during  construction of the $10.9 billion project.

A business disruption plan, a traffic and transport work group and new guidelines for construction noise levels have also been requested in the final EES.

The draft EES was released earlier this year for consultation and 379 submissions were received. Submissions focused on noise and vibration from tunnelling, changes to traffic and transport, loss of trees, impacts on open space, heritage and the impact on communities and businesses around the works.

An independent committee sat for 33 days between August and October, hearing from 115 parties, before making recommendations to the minister.

The independent EES Panel assessed proposals to build a deeper Domain Station and determined that the shallow station provides the greatest benefit for the 40,000 passengers who will use the station each day.

Now the EES has been finalised, planning controls can be put in place for the project to go ahead.

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#84

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/metro-tunnel-early-works-begin-with-fi...

Metro Tunnel early works begin, with first St Kilda Road trees facing chainsaw

JANUARY 13 2017 Clay Lucas

Melbourne Metro Rail project

An artist's impression of the new railway station beneath St Kilda Road opposite the Shrine of Remembrance.

More than a decade after it was initially proposed, serious works on Melbourne's Metro Tunnel project begin from Monday – including the first tree removals and two major street closures.

The works will mark the beginning of lengthy road works and traffic delays for the St Kilda Road precinct that will last years.

But despite the first of hundreds of trees going, and gas and sewer pipeline relocations starting, the design and exact location of a new underground station at Domain is yet to be finalised.

From Monday, Franklin and A'Beckett streets will partly close, for five years for tunnelling work.

The government's early works contractor John Holland will cut down the first trees on A'Beckett and Franklin streets, and begin realigning gas and sewer lines at Domain.

Later this month, eight "juvenile" trees will also go, although some of the mature elms lining St Kilda Road will be spared in the area – for now.

The government argues it can complete the early works for the Metro Tunnel “with no significant long-term impact on the heritage values of St Kilda Road”.

It has promised to replace mature trees with "super-advanced specimens", and has argued the loss of trees that will regrow in time is worth it for the rail tunnel.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#85

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/cbd-streets-close-to-build-new-underground...

CBD Streets Close To Build New Underground City Station

16 January 2017

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Two streets in the CBD will close today for construction of the $10.9 billion Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often across Melbourne’s suburbs.

From today, sections of Franklin and A’Beckett Streets will be closed for many years and transformed in to major construction sites to build the new CBD North Station.

Construction crews will dig down 11 storeys below the ground to construct the new CBD North Station below Swanston Street.

The new station will be linked directly to Melbourne Central Station, providing a seamless interchange between the new Metro Tunnel, the City Loop and the rest of the network.

Franklin Street is closed to vehicle traffic between Swanston Street and Victoria Street, and A’Beckett Street is closed between Swanston Street and Stewart Street.

To improve traffic flow, parking near intersections on La Trobe Street between Exhibition and King streets is being removed to introduce a new permanent traffic lane, and a ‘no stopping’ zone introduced eastbound on Victoria Street between Leicester and Nicholson streets in the morning.

Work is also underway on St Kilda Road at the site of the future Domain Station. Later this year, Domain Road will close from St Kilda Road to the edge of Edmund Herring Oval for construction of the new station.

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#86

The Age, which one would expect to have a general slant in favor of a massive investment in public transport, seems to be chucking out a lot of negative stuff about this project. Lots of headlines about chainsaws and disruption etc.

There's a need to hold the government to account and make sure the right choices are made in the planning and delivery of the project - but our good friend Clay Lucas is coming across like someone who'd only stop writing these pieces if the whole thing was scrapped.

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#87

Yeah unfortunately The Age have held a grudge against the Andrews Government since the whole missing tape saga during the last election, and have never seemed to let it go. Which is why I take anything they say on the Government's performance with a grain of salt.

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#88

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/artworks-go-huge-shed-to-follow-as-cit...

Artworks go, huge shed to follow, as City Square gets ready to shut in April

MARCH 1 2017 Clay Lucas

Melbourne Metro Rail project

An artist's impression of the City Square and the Metro Tunnel to be built beneath it and Swanston Street.  Photo: MMRA

The City Square is about to shut and in its place an enormous six -level "acoustic shed" will be built to help dampen the noise from five years of construction work.

Melbourne City Council on Tuesday night confirmed the square would shut next month so that the Andrews government's Metro Tunnel can be built beneath it.

A new railway station, yet to be named but known for now as CBD South, will be built beneath the City Square, which will be returned to a public space from 2022.

But to make way for its construction, 20 trees will be cut down and six key artworks dotted around the square will either be put into storage or destroyed.

A spokesman for the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority said that, to reduce noise and light impacts on surrounding residents and businesses, the 20-metre-high acoustic shed would be built over what will become a construction site.

The shed will cover most of the City Square, and will be installed in 2018 when tunnelling begins.

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#89

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/metro-tunnel-work-to-ramp-up-in-april-cons...

Metro Tunnel Work To Ramp Up In April Construction Blitz

22 March 2017

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Major work is set to ramp up next month on Australia’s biggest public transport project – the Metro Tunnel – with extensive geotechnical investigations now complete. 

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan at the project’s huge storage facility in West Melbourne, where nearly 10 kilometres of soil and rock samples are housed.

Over the past two years, more than 270 boreholes have been drilled up to 50 metres deep along the Metro Tunnel alignment.

The samples collected show that the sedimentary rock beneath the city was formed 416 to 440 million years ago.

They provide critical information about ground conditions under the city, which will inform the design and construction of the Metro Tunnel and its five new underground stations.

With geotechnical investigations complete, work is set to ramp up next month on the $10.9 billion mega-project.

Early next month, City Square will be surrounded by hoarding and closed for several years while construction crews dig more than 11 storeys below the city to build the brand new underground station.

Construction will continue at Franklin and A’Beckett Streets in April, and in and around St Kilda Road at Domain.

The acceleration of Metro Tunnel works will coincide with a massive construction blitz across Victoria, which will affect services on the Cranbourne, Craigieburn, Frankston, Pakenham, Sandringham and South Morang lines.

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#90

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/bids-in-for-biggest-public-transport-proje...

Bids In For Biggest Public Transport Project In State’s History

9 April 2017

The bids for the Metro Tunnel and five new stations are in, as work ramps up on the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history.

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan today announced that the final bids for the $6 billion Tunnel and Stations Public Private Partnership (PPP) have been received, and are being assessed by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.

The bids are from three shortlisted consortia that include some of the biggest construction firms in Australia and around the world.

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

Their proposals include more than 100,000 pages of detailed plans to build the nine-kilometre Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.

At the same time, early works on the $10.9 billion mega-project have received formal planning approval, and will ramp up over the coming months.

Piling rigs are now on site at Franklin and A’Beckett Streets and from tomorrow construction crews will begin driving massive concrete poles deep into the ground. These concrete poles will reinforce the walls of the 35 metre-deep shaft where the new underground station will be built.

Early work will also ramp up at City Square over the coming months to build another underground station, which will have a direct connection to Flinders Street Station, the City Loop and the rest of the train network.

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#91

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/demolition-begins-for-metro-tunnel-and-fiv...

Demolition Begins For Metro Tunnel And Five New Stations

10 May 2017

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Major works in Arden are underway with construction crews today knocking over an old refuelling shed  – the first of dozens of buildings that will be demolished to make way for the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan in Arden today to mark the major milestone in the $11 billion project.

The Metro Tunnel is the biggest public transport project in the country, it’s fully funded in the Victorian Budget and remains Infrastructure Australia’s highest priority.

Despite the Turnbull Government continuing to short change Victoria when it comes to infrastructure funding, we’re getting on with the job.

Since the Labor Government stepped in and fully funded the project, work has raced along, with construction now underway in Parkville, City Square, CBD North and Domain.

The demolition of the old refuelling shed begins Arden’s transformation from a decaying industrial precinct to a brand new suburb on the edge of the CBD.

Over the next 30 years, Arden will become home to 25,000 residents and more than 43,000 jobs, directly connected to the train network by a new underground station built by the Metro Tunnel project.

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#92

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/metro-tunnel-works-ramp-up-on-st-kilda-road/

Metro Tunnel Works Ramp Up On St Kilda Road

21 May 2017

Work on new tracks that will carry trams around the massive Domain construction site will ramp up next month as part of the Andrews Labor Government $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced the start of major work on the new Toorak Road West tram route today, which will be used by Route 58 trams. This work will close lanes on and around St Kilda Road over the next two months.

St Kilda Road will reduce to two lanes in each direction between Domain Road and Toorak Road West over the first weekend of June, over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and during the last week of June.

It will then reduce to one lane each way for 11 days from 1 July, with buses replacing trams to ensure passengers can still get where they need to go.

There will also be impacts on Toorak Road West, with the eastbound lane closed between St Kilda Rd and Park St for more than two weeks from 13 June, before this section of Toorak Road West closes completely over the weekend of 1-2 July.

During the school holidays, one eastbound lane will reopen but the westbound lane will remain closed while the new tracks and two stops are built.

Both lanes will reopen on 12 July when Domain Road closes for many years to build the new underground station at Domain.

The new stop on the corner of St Kilda Road and Toorak Road West will mean St Kilda Rd stays two lanes each way between Bowen Crescent and Toorak Road West after the tram works.

Early next year, this part of St Kilda Road will reduce to one lane in each direction and will stay that way for many years while the new underground station at Domain is built.

The new station will provide turn-up-and-go train services to the Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens and one of Victoria’s biggest employment precincts on St Kilda Road.

Work on the Metro Tunnel is also now underway in Arden and in preparation for the new CBD stations under Swanston Street.

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#93

Meanwhile, The Age runs a piece in which a St Kilda Rd property investor whinges about the possible period of reduced rent she'll have to endure while the rest of us are paying for her new train station to be built.

https://www.domain.com.au/news/melbourne-metro-rail-project-st-kilda-roa...

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#94

Not to mention the circa 100K+ capital gain she'll get for having said station right next to her property! What can I say - value capture is your friend.

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#95

The term "short term pain for long term gain" baffles some people.frown

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#96

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/the-metro-tunnel-more-jobs-more-stations-m...

The Metro Tunnel: More Jobs, More Stations, More Trains

16 July 2017

The design and builders for the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history have been selected, paving the way for more trains and the creation of thousands of new jobs across Victoria.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.

The decision follows an extensive competitive tender process with the world’s most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors.

The Tunnels and Stations package will create more than 5,000 jobs, including apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

The project will build five new underground stations, each with its own identity. They will include wider platforms, more natural light and sweeping arches, bringing world-class urban design to the heart of Melbourne and its train network.

There will be revitalised open space above ground at all five stations, and additional entrances to reduce crowding on major streets in the CBD, including two entrances at City Square, and at Swanston Street, Flinders Street, Federation Square, Franklin Street and La Trobe Street.

In Parkville, a new entrance will be built on the doorstep of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, giving thousands of people from Melbourne and regional Victoria better access to the Hospital.

Walkways at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations will be put underground, allowing passengers to change easily between the Metro Tunnel stations and the City Loop, creating a true, international-style metro network.

Domain station will feature a floating timber canopy and sit below the new tram interchange on St Kilda Road, relieving the pressure on the world’s busiest tram corridor.

Early works are well underway, with major construction on the tunnel and stations expected to start next year.

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#97

Hassell + Weston Williamson (UK) are the architects.

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#98

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/metro-tunnel-melbournes-changing-face-...

Metro Tunnel: Melbourne's changing face revealed as consortium named for $11 billion project

JULY 16 2017 - 6:03PM Steve Lillebuen

Melbourne Metro Rail project

A concept image of the Metro Rail project's new underground stations. Photo: Supplied

Sweeping arches, skylights, a floating timber canopy:

More design details have been released for Melbourne's Metro Rail project - above and below ground - as the preferred bidder was announced for the $11 billion project.

Construction giant Lendlease, which missed out on building the dumped East West Link, will now get a $6 billion slice of the massive construction project.

A consortium called the Cross Yarra Partnership, led by Lendlease and comprising John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital, has won the bid and will now negotiate a final contract with the state government.

Construction of the tunnel is expected to disrupt the city for the next decade and create more than 5000 jobs while building the rail tunnel and five underground stations.

The consortium's proposal, which will be refined in the coming months, features wide platforms at the five new underground stations - Arden, Parkville, Domain, CBD North, CBD South - and above-ground open spaces with additional entrances to help with over-crowding.

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Melbourne will be transformed when five new stations are built. Photo: Supplied

Melbourne Metro Rail project

A concept image of the new Metro Rail stations shows vast archways and natural light. Photo: Supplied

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#99

And CPB and Bombarider were just awarded the contract for the new signalling/control/operations system.

Two control centres to be built where the line branches - in Sunshine and Dandenong. Not confirmed, however I suspect Bombardier will be rolling out this system: http://www.bombardier.com/en/transportation/products-services/rail-contr...

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#100

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/make-your-mark-name-our-five-new-stations/

Make Your Mark – Name Our Five New Stations

27 August 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorians a once-in-a-generation chance to make their mark on Melbourne by naming the five new underground stations to be built as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan opened the station naming competition today while inspecting a “mini” Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) that will begin tunnelling under St Kilda Road this week.

The mini-TBM will dig a 190 metre long tunnel under St Kilda Road from Albert Road to Domain Road in South Yarra to relocate a 120 year-old section of sewer and make way for the new underground station at Domain.

The machine will be remote-controlled from a site office at Albert Road and finish in less than two weeks.

It is a glimpse of what’s to come, with major tunnelling works to begin under the city centre next year. Ahead of this work, Victorians will have the opportunity to name the new stations located at Arden, Parkville, Domain and under Swanston Street in the CBD.

All suggestions will be considered and ideas could draw on a range of elements, including geographic locations, local heritage and people who have made a significant historical contribution to Victorian life.

An advisory panel will assess all suggestions and submit a shortlist of names to the Government for consideration.

Winners will get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Metro Tunnel worksites and the massive Tunnel Boring Machines, as well as an exclusive sneak peak of ‘their’ station just before it opens to the public.

The Metro Tunnel Project will create up to 7,000 jobs and source almost 90 per cent of materials locally, with 93 per cent of steel also manufactured locally.

Victorians have until 22 October to submit their station name suggestions at metrotunnel.vic.gov.au or at Metro Tunnel’s installation at the Melbourne Writers Festival at Federation Square, from 27 August to 3 September.

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#101

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/metro-tunnel-to-transform-cbd-as-demoliti...

Metro Tunnel To Transform CBD As Demolition Continues

19 October 2017

The Metro Tunnel is transforming Melbourne, with new stations breathing new life into parts of Melbourne’s CBD.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined the Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll on Swanston Street today, where a strip of five buildings previously dominated by fast food outlets will soon be torn down to make way for the brand new underground station next to Flinders Street.

Buildings that until recently housed McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s and KFC are now vacant and have started to be demolished, signalling the start of the area’s transformation.

Port Phillip Arcade on Flinders Street will also be demolished in coming weeks, with the heritage-listed Nicholas Building and Young & Jackson Hotel to stay.

Buildings further up Swanston street are also being torn down to make way for the brand new station near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets. The Metro Tunnel Project has taken possession of nine buildings in this area including the former Hungry Jack’s and a nine-storey building at 200 La Trobe Street.

Demolition of CBD buildings is expected to be completed in March next year, with works and some unavoidable disruption likely to continue in the lead-up to the Christmas period.

The $11 billion project will create nearly 7,000 jobs and is one of 80 public projects with strict local content requirements to ensure local workers and businesses get their fair share of the work. That’s compared to only eight projects over four years under the former Liberal Government.

Seventy of those projects are already underway, with a combined value of more than $49 billion.

There will be off-peak lane closures on Flinders Street today and tomorrow between Elizabeth and Russell streets to install critical groundwater monitoring devices. This is ahead of some weekend disruptions to Flinders Lane from late November to enable City Square demolition works to continue.

The project team continues to work with businesses affected by Metro Tunnel construction to manage the impact of works and provide support through measures such as signage, promotional offers and advertising.

Major construction on the tunnel and five new stations is expected to start next year, with the project to be completed by 2026.

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