Learning from Crossrail
State Government Treasurer Tim Pallas has visited London's Crossrail as part of Metro Tunnel's continuous efforts to learn from other major infrastructure projects.
Key personnel from the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority have also visited Crossrail earlier in the year to learn how their engineers were able to overcome the challenges of tunnelling under busy inner city environments, including some of the oldest public gardens in the world.
Contractor works underway
Contractor works have now started on the investigations required prior to the relocation and protection of up to 100 utilities under the Metro Tunnel Early Works contract. These utilities include gas, power and telecommunications services.
Following planning approval, this contract also includes more major work such as the excavation of 11-storey deep shafts next to Swanston Street to enable the construction of CBD North and CBD South stations.
High Capacity Signalling
Two consortia have been shortlisted to deliver up to $1 billion worth of signalling and communications systems as part of the Metro Tunnel project.
It will be the first roll-out of high capacity signalling on an existing network anywhere in Australia.
High Capacity Metro Trains
Brand new High Capacity Metro Trains will run through the Metro Tunnel.
The new trains will be longer than existing trains – with 20 per cent more space to reduce overcrowding – and the innovative design will use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable for passengers.
New station for Arden
North Melbourne's Arden precinct will be home to up to 15,000 people and up to 34,000 jobs, with new plans released for development over the next 30 years.
At the heart of this new commercial and residential precinct will be the new Arden underground train station – one stop away from Parkville, and connected to the CBD and Melbourne's flourishing west.
Step into our stations
We have created an interactive tour of the Metro Tunnel.
Explore artist impressions of Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain stations; as well as plans for the eastern and western tunnel entrances.
You can also read all about our tunnel and station locations.
Works are underway across the alignment to gather further information about ground and environmental conditions to ensure that we have the best, most up-to-date information available to plan and build the Metro Tunnel.
See the Works in your area page for details of works planned and underway.