2019 news archive
A look back at the news updates from 2019.
09 Jan 2019
Join us to create a scene that represents Melbourne’s future, including the Metro Tunnel.
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.
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: https://bit.ly/2GdPjXyPosted by Metro Tunnel on Wednesday, 30 January 2019
05 Feb 2019
Victorians are being given the opportunity to have their say on the Metro Tunnel's upcoming development plans.
19 Feb 2019
The names of the four TBM’s set to build the Metro Tunnel have been revealed.
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.
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.
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.
08 Mar 2019
We are holding pop-ups at events through out the city to reduce the risks to cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists who move around our worksites.
13 Mar 2019
We have partnered with Roamni to present free audio tours of the area around the Anzac Station site.
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.
29 Mar 2019
The search is on for drivers to operate the massive tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will dig the Metro Tunnel.
02 Apr 2019
Flaked stone artefacts used by Aboriginal peoples, found during our archaeological investigations, are on display at Metro Tunnel HQ.
30 Apr 2019
From 20 May, there will be changes to eastbound traffic for all road users on La Trobe Street.
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.
13 May 2019
A slice of Melbourne recreated in Minecraft, created in partnership with the Department of Education and the Metro Tunnel Education Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 Jun 2019
A temporary deck has been installed over the construction site at Parkville made of concrete and 2,700 tonnes of steel.
21 Jun 2019
There will be lane and footpath closures at City Square during June.
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.
26 Jun 2019
Join the Metro Tunnel team on a walking tour of the construction site for the new Parkville Station.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
01 Aug 2019
The 100-tonne cutterhead of our red TBM, Joan has been lowered assembled at North Melbourne.
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.
06 Aug 2019
There will be significant upgrades and essential maintenance across the rail network in August and September
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.
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.
24 Sep 2019
We have reached a major milestone with tunnelling commencing on the North Melbourne to Kensington section of the Metro Tunnel Project.
18 Oct 2019
The Metro Tunnel Creative Program has been nominated for two 2019 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11 Nov 2019
Works are underway to install a new bridge over the widened rail corridor near South Yarra station.
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.
28 Nov 2019
We are celebrating the festive season in Melbourne’s CBD with a range of events to support local businesses.
02 Dec 2019
Mernda line: Buses replacing trains on sections of the line at various times in December 2019