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.
Tenders are now open to deliver the next two major projects under the Midland Highway 10 Year Action Plan, with the upgrades set to improve road safety and save lives.
The Western Australian State Government has announced that work on a series of new safety upgrades to Toodyay Road is expected to begin before the end of the year.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed that works to design the new 4.5 million Kingaroy State High School hall is underway, with construction on the hall set to start in November.
The Queensland State Government will spend $65 million to transform one of the busiest intersections on one of South East Queensland’s busiest roads – the Sumners Road Interchange on the Centenary Highway.
Construction has begun on the $17.2 million Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence in Tamworth.