Work on the Melbourne Metro – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has begun. Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, visited the project’s first worksite at Domain today to announce the start of enabling works on the fully-funded $10.9bn project.
The works are part of the Metro Tunnel early works contract – the first package of works on the project – awarded to John Holland in June.
Work has now started on the relocation and protection of up to 100 services under the $324 million contract, which also includes the excavation of 11-storey deep shafts next to Swanston Street to enable the construction of the two new city stations.
The station shafts, due to begin early next year, will be up to 35m deep.
The next stage of the tender process on the biggest works package – the $6bn Metro Tunnel and Stations PPP – has also been reached, with the Request for Proposal now released to the three world-class shortlisted bidders.
The three consortia shortlisted for the $6bn Public Private Partnership (PPP) to build the Melbourne Metro Tunnel are:
- Continuum Victoria – comprising ACCIONA Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination
- Cross Yarra Partnership – comprising Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital
- Moving Melbourne Together – comprising Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital
The PPP will build and fit-out the 9km long Metro Tunnel and the five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain. Up to six TBMs are set to be used during construction.
The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of 2017, with work on the Tunnel and Stations PPP beginning in 2018