The Victorian Government has announced the successful tenderer to build the twin 9-kilometre tunnels and five underground stations and the preferred proponent to deliver the Metro Tunnel Project Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) as part of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced at the weekend that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – had won the competitive tunnels and stations package.
This week, the Victorian Government also selected CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation as the preferred proponent to deliver the RSA with the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne.
“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,” said Premier Andrews in a statement regarding the announcement of the successful contractor for the tunnels and stations package.
CYP’s successful design of the five stations includes wider platforms, more natural light and sweeping arches.
There will be revitalised open space above ground at all five stations, and extra entrances to reduce crowding on streets in Melbourne’s CBD, including two entrances at City Square, and at Swanston Street, Flinders Street, Federation Square, Franklin Street and La Trobe Street.
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.
Domain station will feature a floating timber canopy and sit below the new tram interchange on St Kilda Road.
“The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often across Melbourne,” said Ms. Allan.
“The Metro Tunnel will change Melbourne forever with a world class design that will see new open space, terraced seating and sweeping arches.”
Early works for the tunnels and stations package are well underway, with major construction on the tunnel and stations expected to start next year.