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First major Melbourne Metro Tunnel contract awarded

The VIC Government has announced the successful tenderer to undertake the first large-scale Metro Tunnel contract on the state’s biggest public transport project ever – Melbourne Metro.

The VIC Government has announced the successful tenderer to undertake the first large-scale Metro Tunnel contract on the state’s biggest public transport project ever – Melbourne Metro.The Victorian Government has announced the successful tenderer to undertake the first major Metro Tunnel contract on the state’s biggest public transport project ever – Melbourne Metro.

John Holland has been awarded contract to excavate massive shafts in the centre of Melbourne as part of preparations for the tunnel and five new underground stations.

The $324 million works package includes the excavation of huge open shafts adjacent to Swanston Street to enable the underground construction of the two new city stations built as part of the $10.9 billion project.

The station shafts will be up to 35 metres deep – more than 11 storeys below the ground –  and involve the excavation of 34 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of soil and rock from beneath the city.

Excavation of the CBD North Station will involve two shafts – at Franklin and A’Beckett Street – which will be covered by massive acoustic sheds to reduce noise for neighboring residents and offices.

Construction of CBD South will be involve the partial demolition of the carpark underneath City Square.

The works package also includes the relocation and protection of up to 100 utilities such as gas, power and telecommunications services.

These works will start within weeks, with work on the stations shafts to begin next year, following the conclusion of Environment Effects Statement (EES) process currently underway and formal planning approval for the project.

“Next year, the face of our city will change as we dig 11 storeys below the CBD, and pave the way for Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations,” said Premier Daniel Andrews in a statement.

“The Metro Tunnel will create the international-style train system we need, and we’re not wasting a moment –work starts within weeks, and major work will start in 2017.”

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