The Metro Tunnel has been assessed through a well-tested, robust and transparent planning assessment process and construction is now underway.
The Metro Tunnel Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning assessment process. As part of this, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority published an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to satisfy legislation governing the construction of major projects in Victoria.
In December 2016, the Minister for Planning released his Assessment under the Environment Effects Act 1978, which concludes the EES process for the project. Find out more about planning approvals.
Development Plans are required to be prepared by contractors appointed to deliver permanent infrastructure or any other above-ground works / structures for the Metro Tunnel Project.
A number of different construction techniques will be used to successfully deliver a project as large and complex as the Metro Tunnel.
A number of construction sites are currently proposed to be located at the station precincts and other suitable locations along the alignment. Find out more about the planned construction methods.
There will also be changes to roads and transport network to keep Melbourne moving during construction of this city-shaping project
Learning from other projects
We are reaching out to some of the biggest rail infrastructure projects in the world to look at innovative ways to manage complex construction in urban areas.
The Metro Tunnel Project shares a number of similar challenges and opportunities with major international projects, particularly in the engineering, constructability and community relations spaces.
We aim to achieve excellent environmental, social and economic outcomes across all phases of the project in order to deliver an integrated project that connects the community in an environmentally sustainable manner. View our Sustainability Vision.
The alignment for the Metro Tunnel is currently being refined as part of our planning and design process. Some property acquisition will be required. See the Project Alignment page for more details.
Site investigations are progressing at a number of sites along the alignment to gather further information about ground and environmental conditions. Find out about the types of investigations we've undertaken.