2018 news archive
A look back at the news updates from 2018.
19 Mar 2018
A range of upgrades are needed on the Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines for the extra capacity created by the Metro Tunnel and its new High Capacity Metro Trains.
23 Mar 2018
Four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build the project’s twin 9km tunnels have been ordered.
Each 100 metres long, they will move underneath the city surface burrowing through the soil and rock and installing the concrete segments of the Metro Tunnel.
17 May 2018
We will undertake one of the state’s largest archaeological digs at the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.
20 Apr 2018
Tram track realignment works along St Kilda Road have wrapped up, with the first tram running on the newly laid tracks on Wednesday morning.
10 May 2018
Works to realign the traffic, tram and bicycle lanes on St Kilda Road took place in April 2018. These works allowed us to establish the construction site for the new Anzac Station in the centre of St Kilda Road, while ensuring road and tram users can continue to use St Kilda Road and travel on public transport while construction takes place.
23 May 2018
The largest archaeological digs in Victorian history are underway in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.
Metro Tunnel archaeology digs
We are undertaking Victoria's largest archaeological dig in some of the oldest parts of Melbourne. The sites have been home to countless dwellings and infamous personalities. Drop by our viewing window next to Young and Jacksons to see what we have uncovered.Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 22 May 2018
24 May 2018
Almost 2,000 jobs for Victorians have been created by the Metro Tunnel with more to come.
Posted by Metro Tunnel on Thursday, 24 May 2018
30 May 2018
Designs for the stations, unveiled today, combine functionality, space and natural light with the latest in public transport infrastructure design and will deliver the best passenger experience.
31 May 2018
Some of the largest tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in the world are on track to arrive in Melbourne on time in early 2019 to build the Metro Tunnel.
06 Jun 2018
Train passengers on every metropolitan and regional train line will be able to enjoy reduced travel times to and from new destinations at Domain and Parkville, thanks to the Metro Tunnel.
15 Jun 2018
More than 600,000 cubic metres of concrete will be used across the Metro Tunnel Project, most of which will be sourced from Victorian quarrying materials, with 50,000 concrete segments to line the project’s twin 9 kilometre tunnels.
The Extractive Resources Strategy will strengthen Victoria’s quarry sector, to ensure a steady supply of materials to the building industry and support projects such as the Metro Tunnel.
27 Jun 2018
Located in the heart of the CBD, Metro Tunnel HQ is a great place to find out more about Victoria's biggest ever public transport project.
12 Sep 2018
Thousands of Victorian jobs seekers can train and upskill thanks to the launch of MetroHub – a one-stop-shop for construction jobs and training on St Kilda Road, near the future Anzac Station.
07 Aug 2018
18 Sep 2018
Traffic changes and major construction on the corner of Federation Square will start in October with works to build a Metro Tunnel station entrance.
03 Sep 2018
Today we announced an Australian-first tunnelling training centre will open next year in Chadstone. The centre will train thousands of local workers to deliver tunnel projects in Victoria - including the Metro Tunnel.
09 Sep 2018
We want your help to name our four tunnel boring machines. Taking inspiration from the ground-breaking women of Victoria.
Tunnel boring machine names
Help us choose the names for the tunnel boring machines that will build the Metro Tunnel and West Gate Tunnel Project.
20 Sep 2018
Excavation of the station box is underway in North Melbourne preparing for the launch of the Metro Tunnel’s first tunnel boring machine.
23 Sep 2018
In a once-in-a-generation opportunity, the public is getting an up-close look at the State’s biggest ever archaeology digs. A collection of the most intriguing discoveries will be on display at our visitor centre, Metro Tunnel HQ during the school holidays.
24 Oct 2018
Work is set to ramp up on the western and eastern entrances to the Metro Tunnel and upgrades on the wider rail network.
A consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors and AECOM will deliver the $1 billion Rail Infastructure Alliance work package in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne.
07 Oct 2018
A submission from renowned Melbourne artist Peter Atkins has been selected for display on the construction hoardings at City Square on Swanston St.
Peter's artwork, RAILway, is a project that explores collective cultural, social and personal narratives to the graphic, abstracted designs of suburban train tickets issued between 1920 and the late 1980s that departed from or arrived into Melbourne.
10 Oct 2018
Traffic flow is now reduced along Flinders Street with one lane closed westbound between Russell and Swanston streets.
16 Oct 2018
Lovers Walk and William Street Bridge closed to pedestrians from 15 October 2018 as part of the Metro Tunnel project. Detours will be in place.
18 Oct 2018
We are looking for ideas for a piece of artwork that will be painted onto hoardings in Kensington.
22 Nov 2018
Whether you’re after a Christmas gift idea with an artisan touch or an Insta-worthy addition to your wardrobe, save the date for the Festival of Independents.
28 Nov 2018
A massive roadheader machine will begin creating the huge underground cavern for the new State Library Station deep beneath Melbourne’s CBD this week.
28 Dec 2018
This month we completed the bicycle path upgrades on Moray Street. The new bike path and roundabouts provide a safe and reliable alternative north-south route for cyclists during Metro Tunnel works on St Kilda Road.