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Melbourne’s New Tunnel Hits Another Milestone
26 February 2019

Major works will soon start on the Metro Tunnel entrance of the South Yarra end of Australia’s biggest transport project, as part of an autumn construction blitz.

Metro Tunnel construction teams will be working around the clock to unearth the tunnel entrance which will untangle the City Loop to run more trains more often across Melbourne. To get this work done, buses will replace trains on the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines.

The Metro Tunnel will allow for 45 per cent more passengers across these three lines, who are set to save up to 50 minutes a day travelling where they need to go.

Construction works will happen across the metropolitan and regional train network from 1-23 April, with most of it taking place during the holiday period when less people use the network. Alongside the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Frankston and Sandringham lines, buses will also replace trains along Glen Waverley, Mernda, Gippsland, Geelong/Warrnambool lines during this period.

Gippsland passengers, who have been most impacted by upgrades along Melbourne’s busiest train line, will again receive free travel.

Recognising the impact of works on Victorians heading to the footy during this period, the free tram zone will be extended for affected games to the MCG during this period. AFL fans who use Richmond Station should allow a extra time to get to matches at the MCG during April, with some lines not operating through Richmond station. The free tram zone will also be extended for people attending affected AFL games at the MCG through April.

The Sandringham line will reopen for Easter Monday and V/Line trains will be back for Geelong supporters to get to the big game, when a crowd of 75,000 is expected to descend on the MCG.

The autumn closures will also allow construction of other significant upgrades on the Ballarat line and more level crossing removal works in Carrum and Reservoir.

The works will add up to 60 minutes travel time for some Metro and V/Line rail passengers, who are encouraged to plan ahead by visiting bigbuild.vic.gov.au.

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Global Search Begins To Create Metro Tunnel Artworks
25 March 2019

A local, national and international search is underway for artists, painters and sculptors to create permanent public art for Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel stations, with some of Victoria’s greatest creative minds enlisted to help select the artists.

Six large-scale artworks, including five works within the new stations at North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac and one online-wide commission, will become new landmarks for the city.

A mix of Victorian, national, international and Indigenous artists will be commissioned – either via expressions of interest or by invitation – to create iconic artworks that will complement the architectural design of the stations.

Expressions of interest to create permanent art for the new North Melbourne Station on Arden Street, State Library Station at the northern end of Swanston Street and the online-wide commission are now open.

Commissions for Parkville, Town Hall and Anzac stations will be via invitation, with shortlisted artists to be contacted in coming months. The online-wide commission will be an artwork created by an Aboriginal artist, which spans all five stations. This artist will be selected via a call for expressions of interest to the Indigenous art community.

Each piece of permanent art will have distinct links to the area’s character and heritage.

For example, Parkville Station’s curatorial theme will relate to the precinct’s focus on science, research, medicine and health, while Anzac Station’s legacy piece will have a connection to ‘memory and parkland’, due to its proximity to the Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Round-The-Clock Metro Tunnel Works Ramp Up In Autumn Blitz
3 April 2019

Significant works are now underway on the Metro Tunnel’s entrance at South Yarra, with crews working around the clock to complete vital upgrades as part of an autumn construction blitz.

The scale of work being delivered in April is unprecedented and will impact nine different metropolitan and regional train lines between April 1 and 23 when buses will replace trains in different sections.

During the works, Metro Tunnel crews in South Yarra will pour 400 cubic metres of concrete to build the roof for the tunnel entrance, remove and reinstate 800 metres of track, and install 3,500 metres of overhead wire.

Since the construction blitz started on 1 April, a crew of 250 workers on the Frankston line has already prepared signalling equipment and utilities for the Carrum level crossing removal. Mernda line closures begin tonight, with crews preparing to demolish Reservoir Station as part of the project to remove the level crossing.

Thousands of passengers have already been moved on buses, and work will ramp up significantly from this weekend when closures begin on the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Sandringham and Gippsland lines.

The Andrews Labor Government has timed the blitz to coincide with the Easter holidays to lessen the impact on passengers, but there will still be delays of up to 60 minutes in peak hour.

Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains are also working closely with major event organisers, including helping AFL fans get to and from football games at the MCG and Marvel Stadium. The Sandringham line will reopen for Easter Monday and V/Line trains will be running for Geelong supporters to get to the Hawthorn vs Geelong game.

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Major Contracts Awarded As Anzac Station Takes Shape
16 April 2019

The Metro Tunnel’s Anzac Station is fast taking shape with construction now underway on the station roof.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan visited the site today, where Australian-made steel and concrete is being used to create the roof.

AUSREO has won the contract to supply more than 3,800 tonnes of steel reinforcement for the roof and Holcim will supply 15,000 cubic metres of concrete for the roof slabs.

An acoustic shed will be built over the northern section of the site to minimise noise and dust. This area will also serve as the launching site for the tunnel boring machines that will head towards the eastern tunnel entrance.

When finished, Anzac Station will improve access to the employment hub around St Kilda Road, with travel time savings of up to 25 minutes for passengers on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

People using the Sunbury line will cut up to 20 minutes off their journey, while commuters on several other lines will save up to 10 minutes to the same destination.

Major work is happening across the Metro Tunnel sites, with the April construction blitz allowing significant progress to be made on this and other projects.

At South Yarra, demolition of the William Street bridge was completed last Wednesday as part of initial work to construct the Metro Tunnel’s eastern entrance. Workers are now busy installing 68 concrete piles to provide structural support for the realignment of the tracks, plus construction of the roof slab for the entrance.

Meanwhile, the Level Crossing Removal Project has been forging ahead with work during the blitz. Workers on the Frankston Line have prepared signalling equipment and utilities for the Carrum level crossing removal.

On the Mernda line, around 200 people worked around-the-clock for six days to demolish Reservoir station and begin piling for the foundations of a new rail bridge that will remove the dangerous and congested level crossing.

While the major closures are underway through the south-east, specialised signalling cabling has been installed in the City Loop, signalling components have been upgraded between Flinders Street and Richmond stations, and steel structures are being built around Richmond ready for the installation of new overhead wiring.

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