News and updates
27 May 2017
We're building the Metro Tunnel to eliminate congestion in Melbourne's City Loop, by running three of our busiest lines through a new tunnel.
It's a huge project and there will be road and public transport disruptions, but it will untangle the network and create more space for more trains.
21 May 2017
Work on new tracks that will carry trams around the massive Domain construction site will ramp up next month when lanes are closed on and around St Kilda Road.
St Kilda Road will reduce to two lanes in each direction between Domain Road and Toorak Road West over the first weekend of June, over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and during the last week of June.
It will then reduce to one lane each way for 11 days from 1 July, with buses replacing trams to ensure passengers can still get where they need to go.
Find out more about changes to Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road tram works.
10 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.
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.
13 Apr 2017
An Independent Reviewer for the Metro Tunnel – Tunnel and Stations Public Private Partnership (PPP) is to be appointed. The engagement of an appropriately qualified Independent Reviewer is critical to the successful delivery of the Metro Tunnel Project.
11 Apr 2017
The Minister for Planning has approved the John Holland Early Works Plan, paving the way for demolition of the City Square car park, shaft excavation at Franklin and A'Beckett streets, tree protection and removal and further service relocations.
10 Apr 2017
Closure of the tram tracks at the intersection of Toorak Road West and Park Street from 1am, Saturday 15 April to 5.30am, Monday 17 April.
Buses will replace route 8 trams on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April due to these works.
03 Apr 2017
City Square is closed and major construction will soon begin on the Metro Tunnel Project.
02 Apr 2017
As part of Melbourne Knowledge Week (1 - 7 May), a panel of experts from MMRA will discuss the innovative construction techniques that we'll use to build the Metro Tunnel. For more visit the Melbourne Knowledge Week website.
22 Mar 2017
With geotechnical investigations complete, work is set to ramp up next month on the Metro Tunnel.
Early next month, City Square will be surrounded by hoarding and closed for several years while construction crews dig more than 11 storeys below the city to build the brand new underground station.
Construction will continue at Franklin and A’Beckett Streets in April, and in and around St Kilda Road at Domain.
01 Mar 2017
High capacity signalling (HCS) is coming to the Melbourne rail network. HCS is advanced train signalling that means more trains can run on each line. The Metro Tunnel will deliver HCS between Watergardens and Dandenong, with around $1 billion invested in the latest signalling, communications and platform fit-out.
Bids for this package of works have now been received and are under evaluation.
20 Feb 2017
Following a review, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and its technical advisers have re-confirmed that the Metro Tunnel's Domain Station will be located directly below St Kilda Road.
17 Feb 2017
You are invited to attend Metro Tunnel – Under Construction at White Night this Saturday 18 February. You can also be in the running to win some great prizes by participating in our Instagram competition.
08 Feb 2017
From New York to Melbourne; Dr Horodniceanu from New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in town to share his tunnelling expertise with the Metro Tunnel Project.
23 Jan 2017
Infrastructure Australia, the nation's independent infrastructure advisor, has positively assessed the business case for the Metro Tunnel project. The project has now been added to the Infrastructure Priority List as a High Priority Project.