News Date: 17 Jul 2017
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the Cross Yarra Partnership has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.
The Cross Yarra Partnership is a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital.
The decision came after a comprehensive tender process, with the CYP beating out some of the world’s most experienced construction and tunneling contractors, such as ACCIONA, to be awarded the contract.
Premier Daniel Andrews spoke of the project that will provide over 5,000 jobs for local workers, apprentices and trainees.
“We’re building the turn-up and go train system Victoria has been waiting for. We’ve chosen the design, we’ve chosen the builders and we’re getting on with it.
“We don’t just talk about it – we’re building the train network Victoria needs and creating thousands of local jobs.”
The Metro Tunnel project will see five new underground stations built with their own unique identities. The stations will have wider platforms, sweeping arches and will be lit with more natural light.
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 currently in progress, with major construction on the tunnel and stations expected to start next year.
Another major milestone has been reached on the Pacific Highway upgrade after 14km of new, divided highway was opened to traffic between Kempsey to Kundabung.
Road safety and flood immunity on the Warrego Highway has been improved following the completion of a new bridge over Jingi Jingi Creek.
Paynter Dixon Pty Ltd has been awarded the $1.6 million tender for early works on the new $42 million Gladstone Hospital Emergency Department.
The Gartside Street upgrade that will deliver streetscape improvements to make the street safer through better separation of vehicles and people has recently gotten underway.
Construction is underway on the new Colac Police Station thanks to the Victorian State Government's investment in regional policing.