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2019 news archive

A look back at the news updates from 2019.

Metro Tunnel at Melbourne Museum

09 Jan 2019

Join us to create a scene that represents Melbourne’s future, including the Metro Tunnel.

Excavation kick starts Parkville Station construction

15 Feb 2019

Excavation has commenced at the Parkville worksite as workers dig out the equivalent of 80 Olympic swimming pools worth of rock and soil to build the new Parkville Station.

Soaring toward career and construction goals at Anzac Station

07 Apr 2019

Following extensive preparations over the past 1.5 years, excavation is set to ramp up at the Anzac Station site, with engineering cadets on hand to celebrate the milestone.

Anzac Station Update

Excavation of the station box for the Metro Tunnel’s new Anzac Station is now underway, marking the start of large-scale excavation across all five station sites. Keep up to date with traffic changes and public transport disruptions here:

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Development plans on consultation

05 Feb 2019

Victorians are being given the opportunity to have their say on the Metro Tunnel's upcoming development plans.

Metro Tunnel TBMs named

19 Feb 2019

The names of the four TBM’s set to build the Metro Tunnel have been revealed.

Meg lanning TBM

It’s not every day you have a piece of 'Meg-a' machinery named after you. Hear what Meg Lanning has to say about it.

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 12 February 2019

First TBM arrives in Melbourne

18 Feb 2019

The first of four tunnel boring machines for the Metro Tunnel Project has completed its journey by sea to the Port of Melbourne.

Joan has arrived!

Joan, our first tunnel boring machine has arrived. Weighing in at a whopping 1,000 tonnes and 120m in length, she’s a beauty! Joan will be reassembled onsite at Arden Station in the coming weeks and prepared for tunnelling.

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Delays expected during Autumn construction blitz

29 Apr 2019

Victoria is currently in a transport construction boom with 41 major road and rail projects being built. During April, major infrastructure upgrades continue in preparation for the Metro Tunnel which will open in 2025, which will untangle the City Loop to run more trains across Melbourne. These works will prepare our network for bigger, better trains and deliver improvements for passengers across Victoria.

Second roadheader arrives at State Library Station

28 Feb 2019

A second roadheader is set to commence excavation at the end of February from the Franklin Street east shaft. This machine will start excavating under Swanston Street, east to west, as it creates an underground passenger connection. It’ll be launched 26 metres underground in the coming days.

Free audio tours in Domain

13 Mar 2019

We have partnered with Roamni to present free audio tours of the area around the Anzac Station site.

Global search begins to create Metro Tunnel artworks

29 Apr 2019

A local, national and international search is underway for artists, painters and sculptors to create permanent public art for our new stations, with some of Victoria’s greatest creative minds enlisted to help select the artists.

Wanted: TBM operator trainees

29 Mar 2019

The search is on for drivers to operate the massive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will dig the Metro Tunnel.

Stone artefacts on display at Metro Tunnel HQ

02 Apr 2019

Flaked stone artefacts used by Aboriginal peoples, found during our archaeological investigations, are on display at Metro Tunnel HQ.

La Trobe Street staged lane closures

30 Apr 2019

From 20 May, there will be changes to eastbound traffic for all road users on La Trobe Street.

Sandringham line buses replace trains 21 May to 9 June

30 Apr 2019

Buses will replace trains on the Sandringham line between 8pm Tuesday 21 May and 7am Sunday 9 June to enable vital works on the Metro Tunnel’s eastern entrance.

Introducing Mini-Melbourne in Minecraft

13 May 2019

A slice of Melbourne recreated in Minecraft, created in partnership with the Department of Education and the Metro Tunnel Education Program.

Sunbury line buses replacing trains

20 May 2019

Buses will replace trains from 8:30pm Friday 24 May to the last service on Sunday 26 May between North Melbourne and Sunshine stations on the Sunbury line.

Swapping Seats at Federation Square

01 Jun 2019

Together with the Bicycle Network we’re taking our Swapping Seats safety initiative to the banks of the Yarra next to Federation Square on Thursday 6 June, between 7:30am – 6pm.

Winter construction blitz

05 Jun 2019

As we prepare our network for the Metro Tunnel, Melbourne’s biggest ever upgrade of power, signalling and communications continues this winter.

TBM assembly begins

05 Jun 2019

Pieces of Joan the TBM are being assembled at the bottom of our Arden Station shaft, ahead of tunnelling later this year.

Creative Program wins gold at Parkville

11 Jun 2019

The artwork ‘Pretty Little Things’ in our Grattan St pedestrian gantries at the Parkville Station precinct has picked up one of the world’s most coveted design prizes - a Gold from the A’Design Award and Competition.

Temporary deck installed at Parkville

17 Jun 2019

A temporary deck has been installed over the construction site at Parkville made of concrete and 2,700 tonnes of steel.

Collins Street lane closures

21 Jun 2019

There will be lane and footpath closures at City Square during June.

Video technology to boost Metro Tunnel security

19 Jun 2019

Passenger safety will move up a gear when the Metro Tunnel Project rolls out state-of-the-art video technology to assess security footage.

Open House 2019 walking tours

26 Jun 2019

Join the Metro Tunnel team on a walking tour of the construction site for the new Parkville Station.

Kensington Road closures

27 Jun 2019

Kensington Road will be closed overnight from 7pm Friday 5 July to 5am Saturday 6 July. Additional overnight closures may be required on Saturday 6 July and Tuesday 9 July.

Renowned artist to paint City Square shed roof

07 Jul 2019

Renowned international artist, Pat Perry, has been engaged to design and install a creative treatment for the roof of the acoustic shed at our City Square construction site.

Literature Lane closure

09 Jul 2019

To safely carry out piling works, the eastern entrance to Literature Lane will close from 10 July for up to three years

High Capacity Signalling is coming to Melbourne

12 Jul 2019

Melburnians are a step closer to reaping the benefits of the next-generation signalling that will be introduced as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.

Breakthrough at State Library Station

18 Jul 2019

Three roadheaders have met 30 metres underground in our first major breakthrough, connecting two excavated caverns that will become State Library Station.

Our first project breakthrough!

We have had our first major breakthrough at State Library Station! Three roadheaders have met 30 metres under Swanston Street, connecting two caverns from A’Beckett Street and Franklin Street.

Posted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Tunnel boring machine tour

26 Jul 2019

This is your chance to take a tour of the Metro Tunnel Project’s Arden 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.

Flinders Quarter Augmented Art Walk

14 Jul 2019

For ten weeks only, interact with public art in a very different way at the gateway to Melbourne’s CBD, Flinders Quarter.

TBM Joan cutterhead installed

01 Aug 2019

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

High Capacity Signalling testing to begin

06 Aug 2019

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.

Rail network upgrades and maintenance works

06 Aug 2019

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

First TBM blessed at Arden Station

15 Aug 2019

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.

Tunnelling centre build commences

09 Sep 2019

Work has commenced 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.

Joan starts tunnelling

24 Sep 2019

We have reached a major milestone with tunnelling commencing on the North Melbourne to Kensington section of the Metro Tunnel Project.

Metro Tunnel Creative Program shortlisted for Design Awards

18 Oct 2019

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program has been nominated for two 2019 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

New public spaces and improved connections around the western tunnel entrance

21 Oct 2019

The project team is progressing detailed design for these elements as set out in the Western Portal Development Plan, which was approved by the Minister for Planning on 22 May 2019.

Divine Characters grace our Creative Program

05 Sep 2019

Melbourne creative duo Will and Garrett Huxley (aka The Huxleys) were commissioned by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program to create designs to brighten up the City Square construction hoardings and nearby Scott Alley.

Artists go behind the scenes of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

15 Oct 2019

A partnership between the Metro Tunnel Creative Program and the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, curated by Lisa Warrener from Global Art Projects, allowed four artists rare access to the State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria.

Supporting our arts students

22 Oct 2019

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program has worked closely with the Victorian College of Arts and RMIT to ensure student art is celebrated on a large scale around our sites.

Pat Perry celebrates Melbourne theatre culture

30 Oct 2019

Pat Perry, an internationally renowned artist known for his large-scale works across the globe, has painted a 90-metre long, over 20-metre wide mural on the rooftop of the acoustic shed erected over City Square.

William Street bridge construction

11 Nov 2019

Works are underway to install a new bridge over the widened rail corridor near South Yarra station.

Summer works

21 Nov 2019

Over the summer months there will a record amount of work taking place throughout Victoria across the train, road and tram network, including major works on the Metro Tunnel's eastern entrance in South Yarra.

While these works take place, buses will replace trains on parts of the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Sandringham lines from Thursday 2 until Thursday 30 January.

Metro Tunnel presents: Festive Season in the CBD

28 Nov 2019

We are celebrating the festive season in Melbourne’s CBD with a range of events to support local businesses.

Mernda line works in December 2019

02 Dec 2019

Mernda line: Buses replacing trains on sections of the line at various times in December 2019