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.”
Stage Three of the $363.47 million Princes Highway West Duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is underway, with works recently starting on a section between Warncoort and Ballie Street in Colac East.
Roadworks have been completed on the $51.8 million new Mandurah Traffic Bridge with four lanes of traffic opening recently.
The Western Australian State Government will allocate $2 million to build a dual pathway in Tamala Conservation Park to connect Mindarie with Burns Beach.
Australia’s first Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) has been opened on the Southport–Burleigh Road as part of the Queensland State Government’s $160 million Commonwealth Games roads upgrade program.
The construction tender for the new $26mil Palmerston Police Station has now been released, with companies able to bid for the contract over the next 8 weeks.