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.”
Section one of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange has been opened, providing a major boost to motorists in the region.
A dangerous intersection in Rosedale that has seen trucks crash into the barrier surrounding the local pub on numerous occasions is set to be completely redesigned.
Works to revitalise more than 1,000 kilometres of Victoria’s rail freight network will begin within weeks after the McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail joint venture was announced as the successful tenderer for the project.
A million dollar upgrade to a boating facility at Packers Camp, Redbank Road has now been completed just in time for the June/July school holidays.
The new Charles Street bus bridge and busway has officially opened to the public. The new transport infrastructure will benefit more than 30 northern suburbs bus services, saving up to six minutes on peak hour trips.