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Metro Tunnel Project crews hit 40 million hour milestone

Inside a modern underground railway tunnel

Crews on Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel Project have notched 40 million hours of work since the project kicked off in 2015.

The Metro Tunnel’s stations are quickly taking shape, with crews still working around the clock to get the twin nine-kilometre tunnels ready for the first test trains to begin in the second half of 2023.

In the coming months, crews will be testing new high-tech signalling, communications, and other systems that allow trains to safely run closer together – making Melbourne a “turn-up-and-go” network, like world-class commuter cities such as Singapore and London.

Everything from lifts, escalators, security systems, communications, lighting, plumbing, power, and the platform screen doors will also be progressively tested in a rigorous process over many months, ahead of the Metro Tunnel’s opening in 2025.

Since work began, crews have dug the twin tunnels under Melbourne, installed platform screen doors, and are bringing the five new underground stations – Arden, Parkville, State Library, and Town Hall, and Anzac – into reality.

Arden Station is the most advanced of the five new underground stations, and will form the centrepiece of the Arden Precinct – a massive urban renewal project on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD.

The building’s major structural elements are finished, and work is underway on architectural features and testing the station’s platform screen doors, escalators, and lifts.

The Metro Tunnel Project is creating around 7000 jobs for Victorians, including hundreds for apprentices, trainees, and opportunities for Indigenous people and priority job seekers.

“Victoria’s Big Build infrastructure projects are keeping more than 20,000 people employed – and for every 100 direct jobs, an average of 200 are supported across the economy,” said Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.

When complete in 2025, the Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more than a half a million extra passengers on the rail network every week.

Tunnelling and station construction works on the project are being delivered by the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) consortium, comprising Lendlease, Melbourne Metro, John Holland, Bouygues Construction, John Laing, and Capella Capital; while rail infrastructure is being delivered by a consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors, and AECOM, in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) and Metro Trains.

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