News Date: 15 May 2017
Major works in Arden are underway with construction crews today knocking over an old refuelling shed – the first of dozens of buildings that will be demolished to make way for the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan in Arden today to mark the major milestone in the $11 billion project.
The Metro Tunnel is the biggest public transport project in the country, it’s fully funded in the Victorian Budget and remains Infrastructure Australia’s highest priority.
The demolition of the old refuelling shed begins Arden’s transformation from a decaying industrial precinct to a brand new suburb on the edge of the CBD.
Over the next 30 years, Arden will become home to 25,000 residents and more than 43,000 jobs, directly connected to the train network by a new underground station built by the Metro Tunnel project.
Premier Daniel Andrews spoke of the significant enabling works, saying that it’s just what Victoria deserves.
“We are getting on with building the Metro Tunnel because Victorians deserve a world class train network where trains come so often you can throw away the timetable.
“This massive project will see dozens of buildings demolished across Melbourne, making way for the new Metro Tunnel and underground stations.”
Major works are underway to rebuild a deteriorated section of the Princes Highway at Heywood, with the upgrade aiming to significantly improve the safety of motorists traveling along the Highway.
Minister for Housing Martin Foley has visited St Kilda’s City Gate Apartments to announce a new redevelopment project that will see the construction of 50 new units.
Funding has been announced that will see two sections of the York Merredin Road east of Perth upgraded in order to improve safety and help address a crash rate more than three times the state average.
The contract for the significant M1 and M3 upgrade between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South has been announced, with early works on the congestion busting project already underway.
The Australian and Victorian governments will soon invest $50 million to make the Great Ocean Road safer and more reliable.