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#102

We have the final names now!

The station on St Kilda Rd, near Domain Road will be known as Anzac (not ANZAC as it should be, as it is an acronym).

The station underneath the City Square will be known as Town Hall.

The station underneath the intersection of La Trobe and Swanston Street will be known as State Library.

The station near the University of Melbourne will be known as Parkville

North Melbourne Station will be renamed West Melbourne, and the new station will be known as North Melbourne.

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#103

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/major-metro-tunnel-construction-works-on-...

Major Metro Tunnel Construction Works On Display

6 December 2017

Locals and visitors will be able to watch construction of the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history from new viewing areas at City Square, as work ramps up on the Metro Tunnel.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today unveiled two separate 10-metre long viewing areas on Swanston Street.

The new platforms will allow thousands of people each day to watch as this iconic landmark is transformed into Town Hall Station – one of five new underground stations on the Metro Tunnel project.

Large excavators fitted with a hydraulic hammer and a pulveriser will start demolishing the underground car park beneath City Square in coming days.

City Square is being demolished so that construction crews can dig 11 storeys below the ground to build the new Town Hall station, with most of City Square’s surface to be removed by mid-February.

This access tunnel will be used to transport workers and equipment to and from the surface as the station is built. Following construction of a temporary deck, the site will be covered by a massive acoustic shed towards the end of 2018.

To allow for the demolition of the City Square car park, Flinders Lane will close during the day between Russell and Swanston streets on 9 and 16 December.

It will then close for another four days between 7:00am and 6:00pm from 10 January, and 11 days from 30 January, timed to avoid the influx of visitors into the CBD for Christmas shopping and the Australian Open.

Work also continues on other Metro Tunnel packages, with bidders now shortlisted for the final package of works –  the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA).

The $1 billion RIA will connect the Metro Tunnel to the rest of the network by upgrading and building new infrastructure including a new platform and turnback facility at West Footscray station, and track and signalling work between Tottenham and Oakleigh.

The RIA will also build tunnel entrances where the Metro Tunnel joins the network in Kensington and South Yarra.

The shortlisted bidders for the RIA are CPB John Holland AECOM comprising CPB Contractors, John Holland, and AECOM Australia and Laing O’Rourke comprising Laing O’Rourke, Kellogg Brown & Root and WSP Australia.

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#104

^ Key points in that presser are actually related to the next contract shortlist being announced - it's almost all done & contracted now.

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#105

Why we can't have nice things (two metro lines U/C at once)?

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/as-big-as-bolte-government-projects-cr...

As big as Bolte. Government projects creating skills shortages, Treasurer Tim Pallas says
Peter Martin

So big is Melbourne's infrastructure boom that Treasurer Tim Pallas fears Victoria will run low on the specialist skills and resources such as gravel needed to make it happen.

"We've known for a while that the technical and the specialist skills required for transport projects, particularly rail projects, have been hard to get," he told The Age. "The more projects you start the harder it gets. We've only a handful of rail signallers in the entire state to manage not only the existing network but also the upgrades planned and under way.

"That's just one illustration. We are also hearing of shortages in project management, finishing trades, commercial advisory skills, industry analysis, systems engineering and tunnelling. For high-end skills, it's obvious, but its also a problem for entry-level skills."

"Only on Friday I was meeting with the extractive industries representative body, and everybody around that table was saying there is so much demand for raw materials, quarry materials, cement and sand and so on that suppliers are choosing which jobs they bid on.

"You've got to expect pressure on price."

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see link for rest of the article.

West Gate Tunnel + North East Link seem to be cascading (in that much of the work for WGT was done either by Transurban or the well oiled Roads bureacracy), but what of the workforce that's been brought on board to learn things from the ground up once again re: Metro 1?

Surely as we move into full blown construction mode, that frees up the workforce pre-construction workforce to get started on Metro 2?

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#106

Contracts signed for the tunnels / PPP component plus the rail systems (signalling) contract.

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-it-done-metro-tunnel-contracts-signed/

Getting It Done: Metro Tunnel Contracts Signed
18 December 2017

The contracts to build the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history and equip it with next-generation, high-capacity signalling have been signed.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that final contracts to deliver the $6 billion tunnels and stations package have been signed with the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital.

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

It’s the biggest contract on the biggest public transport project ever delivered in Victoria and paves the way for major construction on the tunnel and stations to start next year.

The final contract has also been signed with CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation to start work on the roll-out of high-capacity signalling on the Metro Tunnel.

The $1.1 billion Rail Systems Alliance will allow trains to safely run closer together, meaning they can run more often – creating a turn-up-and-go train network for Melbourne.

High capacity signalling will mean Victoria’s new fleet of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains will be able to run from Sunbury to Cranbourne and Pakenham and through the Metro Tunnel.

It will be the first time this technology has been rolled out on an existing network in Australia and will allow trains every two to three minutes.

The $11 billion Metro Tunnel project is on-budget, on-time and will create nearly 7,000 jobs – including 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

Early works are well underway, major works will start next year and the project will be complete by 2026.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We are building the world-class turn up and go train network Victoria deserves – with more jobs, more stations and more trains, more often.”

“We don’t just talk about building the big roads and public transport Victoria needs – we’re getting it done.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“We’re not wasting a minute delivering the Metro Tunnel, which will create jobs and a new community on the doorstep of the CBD.”

“We’re getting things done, ramping up construction on this massive project to deliver a world class train network for Victorians where trains come so often you can throw away the timetable.”

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#107

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/major-road-changes-ahead-for-metro-tunnel...

Major Road Changes Ahead For Metro Tunnel Works

22 January 2018

Road closures, lane reductions and major construction will begin next month as part of the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – the Metro Tunnel.

Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan announced extended lane reductions on St Kilda Road and the complete closure of Grattan Street to enable work on new underground stations being built as part of the $11 billion project.

The Metro Tunnel will connect the Parkville and Domain precincts to the train network for the first time – creating a world-class, turn-up-and-go train system, with 50,000 fewer car trips on Melbourne’s roads each day.

St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions for around 800 metres between Kings Way/Toorak Road West and Dorcas Street for up to four years. Tram access along St Kilda Road will mostly operate as normal over this period, while pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained.

Grattan Street will close in both directions for around 300 metres from Royal Parade to Leicester Street for up to five years. Pedestrian access will be maintained through Grattan Street with some diversions for cyclists.

Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time if they travel along this stretch of St Kilda Road or through Parkville.

Alternative routes for St Kilda Road include Kings Way, Queens Road, Ferrars Street and Beaconsfield Parade. Grattan Street alternatives include Queensberry Street, Alexandra Parade and Cemetery Road/College Crescent.

Buses will replace trams on a section of Route 58 in February while a new tram stop is built on Park Street in South Melbourne. Buses will replace all trams along a section of St Kilda Rd during the April school holidays as tram tracks and traffic lanes are reconfigured to make way for major excavation in the middle of St Kilda Road.

More than $25 million of road and traffic upgrades are being delivered across Melbourne to keep the city moving while the Metro Tunnel is built. This includes creating more traffic lanes on alternative routes, widening and re-marking roads and reprogramming more than 100 traffic lights at key intersections.

Some changes to local bus routes and timetables will also be necessary to carry out these works.

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#108

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/massive-shed-finished-as-247-digging-star...

Massive Shed Finished As 24/7 Digging Starts On Metro Tunnel

6 February 2018

Melbourne Metro Rail project

The first of three massive sheds to be built in the CBD to reduce noise, dust and light from construction of Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project – the Metro Tunnel – is now complete.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today inspected works inside the huge acoustic shed above the future State Library Station on Franklin Street, between Swanston and Victoria streets.

The shed is more than 20 metres high, 70 metres long and will fully enclose construction activity as round-the-clock works begin to dig the 11-storey shaft, ahead of tunnelling between the two CBD stations starting later this year.

In a boost for local jobs and industry, the shed is made from 290 tonnes of Australian-made steel and built by local fabricators in Orange and Dandenong.

The support structures for the shaft on Franklin Street will also use 165 tonnes of Australian-made steel, milled in Portland in the state’s west, and be built by local manufacturer Keppel Prince Engineering.

Construction of another acoustic shed at A’Beckett Street is well underway and expected to be completed by mid-2018. Later in the year, a huge shed will also be built at City Square.

Each shed will be custom built and will help to minimise impacts from construction on nearby residents, businesses and the local community.

The State Library Station precinct will create 3,500 square metres of new public space. The design includes an increase in trees across the precinct, particularly at Franklin and A’Beckett streets.

The Metro Tunnel will untangle the City Loop, creating more space for more trains to and from the suburbs across Melbourne.

It will create up to 7,000 jobs and source 90 per cent of materials locally – including 93 per cent local steel.

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#109

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/long-term-traffic-changes-start-to-build-...

Long-Term Traffic Changes Start To Build The Metro Tunnel

12 February 2018

Part of St Kilda Road will reduce to one lane and Grattan Street will close for many years from this week to enable work on the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today encouraged motorists and passengers to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journey as construction of the Metro Tunnel ramps up in Parkville and the Domain precinct.

From 14 February, St Kilda Road will be reduced to a one traffic lane in both directions for around 800 metres between Kings Way and Dorcas Street for up to four years. Tram access along St Kilda Road will mostly operate as normal over this period, while pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained.

Grattan Street will close in both directions from 19 February for around 300 metres from Royal Parade to Leicester Street for up to five years. Pedestrian access will be maintained with some diversions for cyclists.

Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time through these sections of St Kilda Road and Grattan Street.

From 18 February, bus routes 401, 402, 403, 505, and 546 will be diverted around Grattan Street while still serving nearby hospitals and Melbourne University.

Buses will replace all trams along St Kilda Road during the April school holidays as tram tracks and traffic lanes are reconfigured. This work will allow traffic, trams, pedestrians and cyclists to keep flowing safely around the worksite throughout construction of Anzac Station.

To keep Melbourne’s transport network moving, more than $25 million has been invested in road, traffic and cycling upgrades across the Metro Tunnel Project area.

Bluetooth technology has been installed at 29 locations and CCTV cameras are being installed at 32 locations to monitor traffic in real-time, and information screens to provide drivers with the up-to-date travel time information and the best alternative routes.

Queensberry Street in Carlton has been widened to two lanes in each direction to provide an efficient cross-city alternative to Grattan Street.

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#110

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/tunnel-boring-machines-ordered-for-metro-...

Tunnel Boring Machines Ordered For Metro Tunnel

23 March 2018

Four giant tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will start arriving early next year to build the $11 billion Metro Tunnel that will transform Melbourne’s transport network.

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan visited the Metro Tunnel’s Arden worksite today to announce the order has been placed for the mammoth machines that will burrow the project’s twin 9km tunnels.

Each TBM will be 100 metres long, weighing up to 1,000 tonnes and a diameter of 7.2 metres. They will operate like moving factories as they travel beneath the city’s surface, with giant cutting heads burrowing through soil and rock before its transported via pipes to the surface.

The custom-built machines include offices, kitchens and bathrooms to support crews of up to 14 people during a round the clock operation. They will progressively install watertight concrete lining as they move under the surface at around 10 metres a day building the new tunnels.

The heaviest single component of each TBM is the cutterhead, which weighs in at 175 tonnes and can tunnel through rock six times harder than concrete. The deepest tunnelling point will be under Swanston Street, at the northern edge of the CBD near the new State Library Station. Here the TBMs will excavate around 40 metres below the surface.

The four TBMs will install a total of 55,000 individual concrete segments that are needed to create the two tunnels. Upon their arrival, two machines will be transported to Arden and two to Domain, where they will be assembled, lowered into a shaft 20 metres underground and launched into the earth.

Each TBM will head away from the city on the first leg of their journey before being retrieved in Kensington and South Yarra. They will then be retrieved, dismantled and trucked back to their starting points to be relaunched towards the city, with tunnelling expected to be complete by 2021.

Significant work has already been undertaken at both launch sites to prepare the areas for tunnelling work, including the installation of temporary construction power substations to power the TBMs from both locations.

The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham and five new underground stations, allowing more frequent, reliable trains to run between the city and suburbs each day.

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#111

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorias-biggest-ever-archaeological-dig...

Victoria’s Biggest Ever Archaeological Dig To Get Underway

13 April 2018

Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project – the Metro Tunnel – will undertake one of the state’s largest archaeological digs.

On the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, fast food outlets and a residential tower have been demolished to make way for an entrance to the new underground State Library Station.

Building demolition at this site is now complete with the Metro Tunnel set to transform the face of the city and breathe new life into parts of Melbourne’s CBD.

Now that the site is clear, work has started to prepare for the massive Metro Tunnel archaeological dig that will uncover some of the city’s earliest history previously sealed below the surface.

Preparations for the big dig include initial archaeological assessments of ground conditions to determine the digging approach and predict what might be found below ground.

Work will soon get underway across seven sites in the CBD, with digs at a further three sites on Little La Trobe Street also expected to start later this year.

Archaeologists and historians expect to find a large collection of artefacts at each site dating back more than 180 years, when John Batman first settled Melbourne.

In the 1880s, the future State Library Station site was home to the manufacturing of horse drawn carriages with buggies regularly parked along this section of Swanston Street.

A strip of fast food outlets and Port Phillip Arcade have almost been demolished on the site of the new underground Town Hall Station at the corner of Swanston and Flinders streets near the Young and Jackson Hotel.

This iconic part of Melbourne opposite Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral was first developed in 1837 and was home to a girl’s school and many small businesses, including a wine merchant and printers.

Archaeologists and historians are eager to see what is uncovered in one of the city’s most well-known strips and what it reveals around Melbourne’s colourful history.

Uncovered artefacts will be cleaned and analysed to better understand how Melbourne’s early settlers lived and how Melbourne has developed into the city it has become.

Metro Tunnel construction is underway and the project is on track to be complete by the end of 2025, a year ahead of schedule.

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#112

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/station-construction-underway-on-the-metr...

Station Construction Underway On The Metro Tunnel

24 April 2018

Construction has started on the new North Melbourne station – one of five new underground stations being built as part of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan made the announcement at the site of the new station, where construction started today.

Dozens of workers will this week start preparing to construct underground walls that will be up to 30 metres deep and help ensure the safe excavation of 330,000 tonnes of rock and soil.

The new North Melbourne Station will then be built within the excavated space, up to 20 metres below ground and long enough to accommodate platforms over 225 metres long. Above ground, the station design includes a plaza on the corner of Laurens and Barwise streets to welcome passengers.

Around 300 people will work on the construction of the station, which will be ready for the Metro Tunnel to open in 2025.

The new station will help transform the area from the industrial precinct to a brand new suburb on the edge of the CBD. Over the next 30 years, the area will become home to more than 43,000 jobs and 25,000 residents.

In coming weeks, construction of new underground stations at Parkville, Anzac and two CBD locations will ramp up, including construction of an $18 million manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s west to produce more than 50,000 concrete segments to line the project’s twin nine-kilometre tunnels.

The Deer Park facility is expected to start operating this year – creating 80 new jobs, including jobs for up to 50 ex-auto workers.

The facility will produce around 150 concrete segments a day, each weighing 4.5 tonnes, before they are transported below the earth’s surface.

Giant tunnel boring machines, two of which will be launched from the site of the new station in North Melbourne, will then install the segments as they excavate deep below the ground to create permanent watertight lining.

The Metro Tunnel is the biggest public transport project in Victorian history and will create nearly 7,000 jobs for Victorians, including starts for almost 800 apprentices, trainees and cadets.

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#113

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/metro-tunnel-digs-to-reveal-melbournes-past/

Metro Tunnel Digs To Reveal Melbourne’s Past

23 May 2018

The largest archaeological digs in Victorian history are underway in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD as work continues to deliver the $11 billion Metro Tunnel.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today visited the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets to mark the start of digs in the area – one of the most important places in the history of European settlement in Victoria.

The area has undergone tremendous change since John Batman paid £100 for part of the site in 1837 to build a timber cottage and it promises to reveal a treasure trove of early Melbourne life.

The heritage-listed Young & Jackson Hotel and adjoining Dangerfield building remain on-site but six other non-heritage buildings have been demolished to make way for the Metro Tunnel’s new Town Hall Station below Swanston Street.

Large-scale digs have also recently started near the corner of La Trobe and Swanston streets, where nine non-heritage buildings were recently removed as part of Metro Tunnel works to build the new State Library underground station.

Over the decades the sites have hosted countless different homes, warehouses and businesses that have changed in line with Melbourne’s evolution from distant colonial outpost to one of the world’s leading cities.

It is hoped the digs, being overseen by Heritage Victoria, will help tell the story of this transformation and improve our understanding of our city’s history.

Archaeological digs at the northern site have already discovered thousands of items, including highly decorative pottery, clay tobacco pipes and other items that reflect domestic life throughout the 19th century.

Up to two million artefacts are expected to be found as more than 100 archaeologists, field workers and students from the University of Melbourne, RMIT and La Trobe universities painstakingly sift through the two CBD locations, uncovering different layers of Melbourne’s history.

Viewing windows have been installed at both sites to enable locals and visitors to watch as the investigations unfold.

The windows were unveiled today to coincide with National Archaeology Week, which aims to increase public awareness of the importance of protecting our archaeological heritage.

The Metro Tunnel archaeological digs are expected to finish by the end of the year and have been factored into the Metro Tunnel Project’s timeline, with the project on track to be complete by the end of 2025.

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#114

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/thousands-of-jobs-on-the-metro-tunnel-wit...

Thousands Of Jobs On The Metro Tunnel With More To Come

24 May 2018

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Photo: Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Almost 2,000 jobs for Victorians have already been created by the Metro Tunnel, and there are more to come with new people starting every week as work to take the project underground ramps up.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll at A’Beckett Street above the future State Library Station, where a massive new acoustic shed has been built to reduce noise, dust and light from construction of Victoria’s biggest public transport project.

More than 5 million hours have now been worked on the project – a major milestone that has significant knock-on benefits for the local economy.

Engineers, archaeologists and electricians are among the many people already on the job building the Metro Tunnel. Thousands more Victorians will soon join them, with many coming via a new Metro Tunnel training and jobs centre that will be unveiled later this year.

MetroHub is a partnership between the contractor Cross Yarra Partnership and Holmesglen Institute that will be located at its St Kilda Rd campus. Training and recruitment for the $6 billion tunnels and stations package will be done at MetroHub and people seeking a job on this package will also be able to register their interest there.

It will exceed local content targets, including sourcing locally more than 88 per cent of the materials used to build the new tunnels and underground stations. A new manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s west will help achieve these targets by producing more than 50,000 concrete segments to line the project’s twin nine-kilometre tunnels.

The Deer Park facility will create 80 new jobs, including jobs for up to 50 ex-auto workers. Local business will also benefit with 65 per cent of the project being delivered by small and medium sized businesses.

The A’Beckett Street shed is the second of four massive sheds to be built in the CBD to fully enclose construction activity as shafts are built to transport workers and equipment underground for station construction. It is more than 15 metres high, 40 metres long and 11 storeys deep.

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#115

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-metro-tunnel-stati...

Melbourne Metro Tunnel station designs revealed

30 May 2018 — 11:54am Hanna Mills Turbet

Soaring archways, glass-panelled ceilings and wide platforms will greet city commuters when the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel opens in 2025.

Designs for the five new train stations, which were named in a public competition, were released on Wednesday morning. The new underground rail project has been designed to untangle bottlenecks in the City Loop.

The architectural designs, which were a collaboration between Hassell, Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, were inspired by each area's unique character.

Each station is also expected to include bicycle facilities, green spaces and community plazas.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allen said the stations would provide "architectural landmarks for Melbourne" while Melbourne's newly-elected lord mayor Sally Capp labelled the designs "bold and exciting".

Melbourne Metro Rail project

Commuters will board trains from a platform like this at the new Town Hall train station. Photo: Supplied

 

Melbourne Metro Rail project

How North Melbourne station will look from Laurens Street. Photo: Supplied

 

Melbourne Metro Rail project

The entrance to Parkville via Grattan Street. Photo: Supplied

 

Melbourne Metro Rail project

A view of the State Library station entrance from Swanston Street. Photo: Supplied

 

Melbourne Metro Rail project

The proposed new design for Town Hall station at Federation Square. Photo: Supplied

 

Melbourne Metro Rail project

The new Anzac station at the St Kilda Road entrance. Photo: Supplied

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-on-with-the-job-of-building-the-m...

Getting On With The Job Of Building The Metro Tunnel

16 July 2018

Contractors have been selected to build the twin tunnel entrances of the Andrews Labor Government’s Metro Tunnel Project, which will see dozens of high capacity trains pass through them each hour as part of Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan was at the future site of Parkville Station today to announce a consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors and AECOM have been selected as the preferred bidders to deliver the $1 billion Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) works package.

The new Parkville Station will connect the health precinct and University of Melbourne to the metropolitan rail network for the first time.

More than 1,000 people will work on the construction of Parkville Station, with construction currently focused on creating the underground support structures needed to enable the safe excavation of around 200,000m3 of rock and soil below Grattan Street.

The $1 billion RIA works package, is the last major contract as part of the Metro Tunnel project. The consortium will build the tunnel entrances in South Yarra and Kensington, which will each see thousands of passengers pass through every hour before their trains go underground and onto twin 9km tracks beneath Melbourne.

New high-capacity signalling will allow trains to pass through the new entrances every two to three minutes in each direction – a vital part of the Metro Tunnel, which will deliver major benefits for suburban passengers.

The project will also slash waiting times and overcrowding across Melbourne’s train network by giving Melbourne’s three busiest lines a new underground pathway through the city, thereby freeing up space in the City Loop for the benefit of other train lines.

This additional capacity will create room for an additional 504,000 peak passengers each week across the network. The RIA also includes works on train lines out in the suburbs to maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel and take full advantage of the extra capacity it creates.

Public spaces near the eastern tunnel portal, including South Yarra Siding Reserve, Lovers Walk and Osborne Street Reserve, will be rejuvenated as part of these works before being returned to the local community once tunnel entrance works are complete.

Around 1000 people will work on the RIA package, which is part of the $11 billion project that is on budget and ahead of schedule. Site preparations ahead of portal construction will commence later this year, with most RIA works expected to be finished in line with the completion of the tunnels and stations, by the end of 2025.

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#117

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/metro-tunnel-works-ramp-up-with-more-work...

Metro Tunnel Works Ramp Up With More Work And Jobs To Come

7 August 2018

Metro Tunnel works in City Square are entering the next phase, with piling to get underway to build the new Town Hall Station up to 35 metres beneath Melbourne’s CBD.

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll to inspect the City Square worksite, where major piling works are set to begin.

They were joined by Michele Dix CBE, Managing Director of London’s Crossrail 2, one of the UK’s leading public transport infrastructure experts, who is visiting the Metro Tunnel project to share her experience on some of the world’s biggest and most complex public transport infrastructure projects.

The Metro Tunnel won’t just deliver a world-class public transport network, it’s also creating thousands of local jobs through initiatives such as the Andrews Labor Government’s Major Project Skills Guarantee which has already given the careers of more than 1,200 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets a kick start.

More than 1 million work hours have been completed by the apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets on 52 projects. So far, 110 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets have clocked more than 110,000 hours working on the Metro Tunnel. The five-year project will create 7,000 jobs, including 791 apprentices, trainees and cadets.

Over the coming months, Victorians will be able to watch from the viewing windows on Swanston Street as scores of workers and construction equipment, bore huge support columns into the ground. This will allow deeper digging to safely commence, with Town Hall Station to be built within the excavated space.

Piling works will take place in the massive shaft created by the demolition of the three-storey car park beneath City Square and subsequent removal of around 5,000 tonnes of debris from the site. An acoustic shed will be erected over the City Square site early next year, before 24-hour excavation and tunnelling works commence.

Town Hall Station will be located under Swanston Street, between Flinders Street and Collins Street. The station will include an underground passenger connection to the platforms at Flinders Street Station, allowing commuters to conveniently interchange between Metro Tunnel and City Loop train services.

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#118

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/traffic-changes-to-build-metro-tunnel-ent...

Traffic Changes To Build Metro Tunnel Entrance

27 August 2018

Traffic changes and major construction will start soon as works to build a Metro Tunnel station entrance on the corner of one of Melbourne’s most iconic intersections get underway.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that work to build an entrance at Federation Square for the new underground Town Hall Station would commence shortly, with relevant approvals in place, and would result in changes to traffic conditions for an extended period.

Flinders Street, next to Federation Square, will be reduced by one traffic lane westbound between Russell and Swanston streets for up to four years from later this year. The lane closure is necessary to allow the station entrance to be safely constructed.

Federation Square sits over a working railway and the deck cannot withstand the weight of the massive machinery needed to build the station. Closing one lane will allow crews to operate heavy equipment while traffic continues to flow.

Drivers will still have one left-turning lane from Flinders Street into St Kilda Road, and one lane travelling ahead. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and allow up to an extra 15 minutes if travelling through this stretch of Flinders Street.

Pedestrian access around the intersection and to Federation Square’s businesses, restaurants, cafes and bars will be maintained. Bicycle access will also be maintained, with the St Kilda Road bike lane realigned.

Site establishment works are expected to get underway on the north-west corner of Federation Square, shortly.

Geotechnical investigations will also be undertaken and ramps providing disability access around the site will be built. During this time there will be some temporary traffic changes to Flinders Street. Works to demolish the former Melbourne Visitor Centre to make way for the station entrance will follow.

From next year, following the completion of piling works, an acoustic shed will be built over the site to reduce noise, dust and light from 24/7 excavation and tunnelling. Cross Yarra Partnership has lodged a heritage permit application for works. All works at Federation Square will be undertaken with the relevant approvals.

Town Hall Station will make it easier for people to reach some of Melbourne’s key tourist destinations including Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southbank, the Arts Centre and CBD shopping. The station will have a direct underground connection to Flinders Street Station, so passengers can connect seamlessly with City Loop services.

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/work-underway-on-final-piece-of-metro-tun...

Work Underway On Final Piece Of Metro Tunnel Puzzle

28 September 2018

Work is set to ramp up on the twin entrances to the Andrews Labor Government’s $11 billion Metro Tunnel, that will see upgrades on the wider rail network, delivering more regular and reliable train services between the CBD and the suburbs.

The $1 billion Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) works package will build two entrances at each end of the Metro Tunnel in Kensington and South Yarra, as well as a new platform at West Footscray and associated suburban rail upgrades that will maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel by providing more services for all passengers.

Thousands of passengers on the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines will pass through the entrances each hour, before heading underground into twin nine-kilometre tunnels onboard High Capacity Metro Trains.

Around 50 workers are currently preparing the sites for construction, with more than 150 workers set to be onsite by the end of October.

A consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors and AECOM will deliver the RIA, in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne.

Turnbacks will be built at West Footscray and Hawksburn stations, allowing services to start and end at these stations during timetabled peak periods for the first time, instead of travelling further down the line.

Public spaces near the eastern tunnel entrance, including South Yarra Siding Reserve, will also be rejuvenated as part of these works before being returned to the local community once tunnel entrance works are complete.

The Metro Tunnel will help reduce delays, cancellations, waiting times and overcrowding across the metropolitan network by giving Melbourne’s three busiest lines (Cranbourne, Pakenham, Sunbury) a new underground pathway through the city, thereby freeing up space in the City Loop for the benefit of other train lines.

The Metro Tunnel will create capacity for an additional 504,000 peak passengers each week across the network.

Around 1000 people will work on the RIA package, including almost 100 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets. The majority of RIA works are expected to be finished in line with the completion of the tunnels and stations, ready for opening by the end of 2025.

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Turnback at Hawksburn - that's new... and interesting. A simple crossover in the track would limit the capacity of the entire line, no?

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-on-with-delivering-metro-tunnel/

Getting On With Delivering Metro Tunnel
28 November 2018

Melbourne Metro Rail project

The Andrews Labor Government is not wasting a minute building the Metro Tunnel Project, with the launch of a massive road header machine that will dig the huge underground cavern for the new State Library Station.

Premier Daniel Andrews today visited the A’Beckett Street acoustic shed where the 118-tonne, 15-metre long machine has been lowered almost 30 metres underground in pieces before being re-assembled ahead of digging commencing this week.

Road headers are massive excavating machines fitted with a mounted cutter head that will mine out the caverns for both Metro Tunnel CBD stations- State Library and Town Hall.

A total of six road headers will be used in the CBD as part of the project, with the first State Library road header starting work on mining out of the A’Beckett Street shaft towards Swanston Street.

To minimise disruption during the construction of the new State Library Station, access shafts are being built at A’Beckett Street, Franklin Street east and west, and La Trobe Street. These shafts allow machinery, equipment and workers to be transported underground to build the new station in heavily built-up areas.

Next year, a second road header will start its journey from the A’Beckett Street shaft towards La Trobe Street, and a third from Franklin Street east towards A’Beckett Street, as the three machines work together to form State Library Station.

The equivalent of almost 70 Olympic swimming pools of rock and soil will be excavated by the road headers during the construction of State Library Station, which will be located directly beneath Swanston Street, between La Trobe Street and Franklin Street.

The machines will excavate around 1500 tonnes of rock each day, with the cutter head able to smash through rock three times harder than concrete. Each road header includes a highly advanced computer used to accurately excavate the cavern.

Round-the-clock excavation continues within the Franklin St East acoustic shed, with the access shaft currently at a depth of around 30 metres. Piling is currently underway to support the excavation of access shafts at Franklin Street West and on the corner of La Trobe and Swanston streets.

The Andrews Labor Government’s Metro Tunnel is a year ahead of schedule, with the first train due to run through the Metro Tunnel in 2025.

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Excavation Kick Starts Major Parkville Station Construction
14 January 2019

Workers have begun excavating around 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of rock and soil as they build the new underground Parkville Station, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project.

Acting Premier James Merlino today joined Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan at the Metro Tunnel’s Parkville worksite, where crews are digging the 270-metre long and 30-metre-wide station box around 30 metres below Grattan Street, between Leicester Street and Royal Parade.

Excavators will initially dig around three metres deep, while a temporary deck made of concrete and steel is simultaneously built at surface level to reduce noise and dust impacts.

Digging will continue once the deck is completed by March, with trucks heading underground via a ramp to remove rock and soil from beneath the deck.

Once the excavation reaches around 15 metres it will be too deep for trucks to enter, so gantry cranes will be used to lower buckets through holes in the deck to collect rock and soil. The cranes will then lower excavated material into trucks inside two acoustic enclosures at surface level, before the trucks exit the site.

The first of three massive gantry cranes have already been installed over the site. The 20-metre high cranes will help remove up to 35 tonnes of rock and soil at a time from beneath the deck and lower construction equipment and materials into the excavated space. All three cranes will be installed by the end of February 2019.

Excavation will continue until the end of this year, with around 200,000 cubic metres of rock and soil to be removed from the site in 2019. Once complete, station construction and fit-out will continue underground.

The Parkville work site was a hive of activity last year, with crews undertaking a range of works, including closing a section of Grattan Street, relocating underground services, establishing site facilities, building covered pedestrian walkways and demolishing the former City Ford buildings to create a holding area for trucks waiting to access site.

The date more than 550 piles have been installed at Parkville, including 330 around the perimeter of the new station box. The piles form the underground support structure that has allowed excavation to safely start.

Construction is well underway on all five Metro Tunnel Stations – the new North Melbourne (near Arden Street), Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.

The Andrews Labor Government’s Metro Tunnel Project is a year ahead of schedule, with the first train set to run through the tunnel in 2025.

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Metro Tunnel Sets Minds In Motion
16 January 2019

The first of four-massive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build Melbourne’s future rail network is nearing Australian waters.

Hot on the heels of the arrival of a TBM for the Westgate Tunnel Project, the Metro Tunnel’s mega machine – which measures 100 metres long – is due to arrive at the Port of Melbourne at the end of this month.

The first Metro Tunnel TBM started its journey by sea towards Melbourne late last month.

The TBM will be trucked from the Port of Melbourne to the future North Melbourne Station site near Arden Street and assembled, before being launched underground towards Kensington in May.

Ahead of its arrival, youngsters can stretch their imagination with the launch of a special interactive Metro Tunnel display at Melbourne Museum by Acting Premier Jacinta Allan.

‘Above Below and Beyond’ is an opportunity for children to learn more about the massive engineering feat that will be carried out to build the Metro Tunnel.

As part of the experience children will be encouraged to colour-in trains, TBMs, bikes and trees, then stick them onto the display to create a future Melbourne scene.

It is designed to teach new generations about Melbourne’s public transport network, TBMs and tunnelling.

Virtual reality headsets allow museum visitors to take a simulated ride into the future. One will take visitors on a fantasy train ride through Melbourne, and a second takes the visitor down into a Metro Tunnel construction site as a tunnel boring machine arrives.

Parents looking for bright ideas to entertain children for the rest of school holidays can visit Melbourne Museum for ‘Above Below and Beyond’ – open 10:00am-5:00pm daily from 16-29 January.

Children under 16 enter free, as do Seniors Card holders, so it’s a great event to attend if grandparents are looking after the kids for the day.

The Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more than half a million additional passengers a week across Melbourne’s train network during peak periods.

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/major-excavation-begins-at-anzac-station/

Major Excavation Begins At Anzac Station
31 January 2019

Large-scale excavation is now underway across all five Metro Tunnel station sites, with around five million tonnes of rock and soil set to be removed from beneath Melbourne to build the $11 billion project.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan visited the future Anzac Station site on St Kilda Road today, where excavation on the 300-metre-long, 30-metre wide, and 22-metre-deep station box has ramped up.

As part of the ongoing works, there will be a temporary closure of St Kilda Road between Dorcas Street and Kings Way/Toorak Road West on Monday 4 February, from 1:30am-5:00am, to relocate large construction equipment.

A range of works have been carried out over the past 18 months to enable traffic to continue to flow around the construction site throughout the works.

An acoustic shed will be built over the northern section of the Anzac Station site in mid-2019 to contain dust and noise as hundreds of workers remove around 400,000 tonnes of rock and soil to build the new station.

Around 2.5 million tonnes of rock and soil will be excavated to construct the five Metro Tunnel stations, while the same amount will be removed during works to dig the twin nine-kilometre tunnels.

Suitable topsoil and excavated material will be re-used wherever possible in collaboration with community groups, local government and industry. This includes rehabilitating old quarries, improving public open space and supporting other suitable construction projects.

More than 120 engineering cadets have already gained a career head start on Victoria’s largest ever public transport project, with many completing training at the project’s one-stop shop for jobs and training – MetroHub – next to the Anzac construction site.

Engineering cadets have already worked more than 135,000 hours on the Metro Tunnel, while almost 100 extra tertiary students studying a range of disciplines have worked on the project as part of industry-based learning opportunities.

More than 50 tertiary students were also involved in the state’s biggest archaeology digs as part of the project, completing more than 70,000 hours across two dig sites and in artefact processing labs.

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https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/bunnings-style-shed-to-shiel...

'Bunnings-style' shed to shield St Kilda Road from noise and dust
31 January 2019 — 4:26pm Nell O'Shea

A large, 'Bunnings-style' shed will be built near the Shrine of Remembrance in mid-2019 to contain dust and noise as excavations begin on the five Metro Tunnel stations.

The Anzac station site on St Kilda Road will be the starting point for a giant tunnel-boring machine's dig between southern Swanston Street and South Yarra for the Metro Tunnel project.

About five million tonnes of rock and soil are expected to be excavated from beneath Melbourne during the building of the twin nine-kilometre tunnels and the new underground stations.

The acoustic shed will be constructed after the walls and concrete roof slab of the Anzac station have been laid – the station will be 300 metres long and 22 metres deep.

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Names For Metro Tunnel’s Boring Machines Revealed
12 February 2019

The first of the Metro Tunnel’s four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) has arrived in Melbourne and will soon begin tunnelling deep beneath the city.

With three more TBMs on the way, the Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Infrastructure Jacinta Allan today to reveal the names given to the massive machines following a public competition to honour ground-breaking women.

The Premier was joined by women’s cricket star Meg Lanning, who led Australia to victory at the recent ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies and is one of Victoria’s greatest cricketers.

Each TBM has its own coloured cutterhead – red, blue, green and yellow – which can grind through rock six times harder than concrete.

The red TBM – named Joan after former Premier Joan Kirner – arrived on Saturday 2 February. Next will be the blue TBM – named Meg after the captain of Australia’s women’s national cricket team Meg Lanning – already on its way to Australia. The green and yellow machines are named after wartime military nurse Alice Appleford, and Victoria’s first female MP Millie Peacock.

Meg Lanning is the youngest Australian – male or female ­– to score an international century. She also holds the record for most centuries in women’s one-day internationals. Joan Kirner was the 42nd Premier of Victoria and our state’s first female Premier, serving from 1990 to 1992.

Alice Appleford won the military Medal for Gallantry in the First World War and was also awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal. Millie Peacock was the first woman elected to the Victorian Parliament in 1933.

Tradition dictates that a TBM is given a female name before it can start tunnelling, granting good luck for the project ahead. The tradition dates from the 1500s when miners and military engineers using explosives for excavation prayed to Saint Barbara – the patron saint of tunnellers and miners.

Each custom-built TBM for the Metro Tunnel is 120 metres long, weighs more than 1,100 tonnes with a diameter of 7.28 metres, and is specifically designed to bore through Melbourne’s unique ground conditions.

The first TBM began the journey to Australia late last year with its pieces being progressively transported by truck from the Port of Melbourne to the North Melbourne Station construction site near Arden Street.

The red and blue TBMs will be launched from the North Melbourne site and the green and yellow machines will start from St Kilda Road at the site of the new underground Anzac Station. They will first travel away from the city, towards Kensington and South Yarra respectively, before being dismantled and trucked back to their starting points and relaunched towards the city.

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