Getting Melbourne Ready
Work will be undertaken at more than 250 locations across the CBD to prepare Melbourne for the Metro Tunnel.
More than $25 million in road and traffic management upgrades will keep the city moving while the construction on the twin nine kilometre tunnels and five new stations takes place.
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. Find out about work taking place in your area.
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.
Transforming Melbourne's public transport network
The Metro Tunnel will transform public transport above and below ground, including Melbourne's tram network.
During the construction of Domain station, trams will continue to run along St Kilda Road. As part of the project, we will build new tram connections on Toorak Road West, Park Street in South Melbourne and on Flinders Street in the CBD to allow trams to continue at the end of Elizabeth Street.
These connections will allow trams to spread out across the city once the Metro Tunnel is up and running, delivering high-frequency train services from Domain to Parkville and relieving pressure on trams along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road – the busiest tram route in the world.
More trains at peak times
Metro Tunnel will free up the City Loop, allowing more trains to run at peak times on the Upfield, Craigieburn, Sunbury, Frankston, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Werribee and Sandringham lines.
This is one of the many benefits the Metro Tunnel will bring.
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.
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.
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