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.
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 and Trains
Brand new High Capacity Metro Trains will run through the Metro Tunnel. The new trains will be longer than existing trains and use the latest technology, making them safer, more reliable and more comfortable.
The Metro Tunnel will also see the the first roll-out of high capacity signalling on an existing network anywhere in Australia.
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.