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Project news and updates

09 Sep 2019

Tunnelling centre build commences

Work has commenced today on the $16 million Victorian Tunnelling Centre (VTC) being built at Holmesglen Institute’s Chadstone campus to train and skill local workers in underground construction and tunnelling.

24 Aug 2019

Works on the rail network across Victoria this spring

Across late September and October, buses will replace trains at various times on the Cranbourne and Pakenham, Sunbury, Werribee and Williamstown lines. Trams on St Kilda Road, Flinders Street and Plenty Road will also be affected at selected times.

On the regional train network, coaches will replace trains on parts of the Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland, Geelong and Warrnambool lines.

Major disruptions 21 September to 27 October

15 Aug 2019

First TBM blessed at North Melbourne

As the Metro Tunnel Project prepares to launch its first tunnel boring machine (TBM), traditional ceremonies have been held at the TBM launch site in North Melbourne.

06 Aug 2019

High Capacity Signalling testing to begin

Epping-based TTM Rail has been awarded the $1.6 million contract to fit out two X’Trapolis trains for High Capacity Signalling testing on the Metro Tunnel Project.

06 Aug 2019

Rail network upgrades and maintenance works

There will be significant upgrades and essential maintenance across the rail network in August and September

06 Aug 2019

La Trobe Street closure in August 2019

There are staged eastbound lane closures on La Trobe Street between Swanston and Elizabeth streets in August.

01 Aug 2019

TBM Joan cutterhead installed

The 100-tonne cutterhead of our red TBM, Joan has been lowered assembled at North Melbourne.

30 Jul 2019

Flinders Street closures in August 2019

In August, works will commence to construct an underground passenger connection underneath Flinders Street, between Swanston Street and Degraves Street.

26 Jul 2019

Tunnel boring machine tour

This is your chance to take a tour of the Metro Tunnel Project’s new North Melbourne Station site, near Arden Street, where our first two TBMs will soon be launched to create the tunnels for the trains that will transform Melbourne’s rail network.

21 Jul 2019

Part-closure of Flinders Street from 2 September

From 2 September, both eastbound lanes on Flinders Street will be closed between Elizabeth and Swanston streets for up to three years. The closure will allow us to build an underground connection from Flinders Street Station to the new Town Hall Station as part of the Metro Tunnel construction.

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