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2020 news archive

A look back at the news updates from 2020.

Summer works overview

02 Jan 2020

Find out more about the works underway throughout January.

The Metro Tunnel commissions Maree Clarke for line-wide artwork

20 Jan 2020

The Metro Tunnel Project has commissioned one of Australia's pre-eminent multi-disciplinary artists, Maree Clarke, to deliver its line-wide legacy artwork which will help create a distinctive and unique commuting experience across the new line.

South Yarra summer works completed early

26 Jan 2020

The summer works program at South Yarra will finish four days ahead of schedule with trains returning to the Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston and Gippsland lines on Monday 27 January.

High capacity signalling test site in Pakenham East

31 Jan 2020

Work is being undertaken at the Pakenham East Depot to establish a test site for High Capacity Signalling.

Metro Tunnel taking shape deep below Swanston Street

06 Feb 2020

Construction of the Metro Tunnel Project’s new State Library Station is well underway, with the main station cavern now excavated and work starting on the permanent station.

The Parkville Storytelling Project

10 Feb 2020

As part of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program a new series of artworks are now on display on the construction hoardings in Grattan Street around the Parkville Station site.

South Yarra development plan amendment on consultation

17 Feb 2020

The community was invited to have your say on the proposed Development Plan amendments for the entrance to the Metro Tunnel in South Yarra (Eastern Portal).

Metro Tunnel celebrates five years

20 Feb 2020

The Metro Tunnel this week marks five years since work began to transform Melbourne’s public transport network – and the milestones keep coming as work advances on worksites between Kensington and South Yarra.

TBMs lowered at Anzac Station

20 Feb 2020

All four Metro Tunnel TBMs are now in the ground – one and two are tunnelling to Kensington from North Melbourne. Preparations are underway for three and four to start digging from Anzac towards South Yarra.

First section of tunnel completed

14 Apr 2020

The first section of the Metro Tunnel is now complete – with Joan and Meg the tunnel boring machines breaking through to complete the journey from Arden Station to the tunnel’s western entrance in Kensington.

Swapping seats at RMIT

26 Feb 2020

Swapping Seats sets out to raise awareness about where and how people who walk and ride should position themselves around trucks and heavy vehicles.

March Flinders Street Tram Disruption

17 Mar 2020

Route 70, 75 and City Circle (35) tram services will be disrupted from the first tram service on Monday 23 March until the last tram service on Sunday 29 March.

Millie Starts Digging

27 Apr 2020

We have reached another major milestone with tunnel boring machine (TBM) Millie launching from the site of the new Anzac Station.

Western Portal Development Plan on consultation

04 May 2020

The Metro Tunnel Project team is updating its development plan for the Western tunnel entrance at Kensington.

Traffic changes in the CBD

20 May 2020

As Metro Tunnel excavation works ramp up around the site of the new Town Hall Station, new traffic changes will be in place around the site.

Alice and Millie Tunnelling East

25 May 2020

We have reached another major milestone, with tunnel boring machines (TBM) Millie and Alice now both on their way to South Yarra.

Red TBM Relaunches

25 May 2020

Tunnelling has ramped up with the Metro Tunnel’s first tunnel boring machine, Joan, embarking on her second leg of the project – this time digging towards Parkville.

All four TBMs Tunnelling

04 Jun 2020

All four tunnel boring machines (TBM) are now digging underneath Melbourne, with the launch of TBM Meg marking the start of peak tunnelling operations for the Metro Tunnel.

Metro Tunnel Creative Program: Artist Pool - Registrations Now Open

15 Jun 2020

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is now seeking registrations from talented creatives for its Artist Pool.

Coronavirus and Victoria’s Big Build

19 Jul 2021

Work is continuing safely on Victoria’s Big Build, our biggest transport upgrade ever.

Breakthrough at Town Hall Station

26 Jun 2020

Excavation of Town Hall Station’s first level is now complete, with three roadheaders breaking through into the station’s central cavern 25 metres below Swanston Street.

Eastern Portal Development Plan amendment

13 Jul 2020

The Metro Tunnel Project’s Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) has released draft amendments to the Eastern Portal Development Plan for public display.

Education Program launches online

15 Oct 2020

In response to current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, Metro Tunnel HQ remains closed but the Education Program is now available online!  With school visits on hold, we’ve refreshed our Education Program webpage to create a bright child-friendly place, and added a range of new videos, puzzles and challenges that will make any kid a Metro Tunnel expert in no time.

Live Metro Tunnel Q&A for Open House 2020

22 Jul 2020

As part of Open House Melbourne 2020, we’re inviting you to join us for a live Q&A with two Metro Tunnel Project tunnelling experts.

Milestone breakthrough at Parkville

27 Aug 2020

The Metro Tunnel Project has hit another milestone after tunnel boring machine (TBM) Joan broke through at the Parkville Station site this week.

Metro Tunnel Creative Program wins design award

10 Sep 2020

Metro Tunnel Creative Program received a prestigious Good Design Award Best in Class accolade in the Architectural Design Urban Design and Public Spaces category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

Milestone testing of high-tech train control system

21 Sep 2020

After nearly 3 years of hard work and planning, Metro Tunnel Project began testing Communication-Based Train Control or the first time ever in Melbourne. It will pave the way for High Capacity Signalling and more trains, more often.

Celebrating our healthcare workers

22 Sep 2020

A large-scale photo essay by Melbourne photographer Phoebe Powell gives pride of place to healthcare workers in Parkville.

Creating a safe workplace with thermal imaging

01 Oct 2020

The Metro Tunnel Project is using thermal imaging technology to help keep our staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposed extension of Childers Street closure in Kensington

22 Sep 2020

Learn more about proposed traffic changes for Childers Street, Kensington.

Tunnelling hits halfway mark with TBM breakthroughs

23 Sep 2020

The Metro Tunnel Project’s rail tunnels are now halfway to completion, with tunnel boring machines finishing digging between the tunnel’s western entrance in Kensington and the site of the new Parkville Station.

Join us for a Facebook Live Q&A

25 Sep 2020

Join our Tunnels & Stations Deputy Director, Paul Thomas, for a live Q&A session about all things Metro Tunnel Project.

TBM Alice breaks through at South Yarra

06 Oct 2020

The twin tunnels between the future Anzac Station and South Yarra have been completed, with the tunnel boring machine named Alice successfully completing her journey from the Domain precinct.

Metro Tunnel Creative Program and Arts Centre Melbourne announce new commission

13 Oct 2020

Metro Tunnel Creative Program and Arts Centre Melbourne are seeking expressions from Deaf and disabled artists for a new performance commission worth $40,000.

Initial testing of High Capacity Signalling passes halfway mark

28 Oct 2020

The first stage of testing High Capacity Signalling (HCS) is now more than 50 per cent complete. This stage involves trialling HCS in a single train on the Mernda line and takes place at night to minimise disruption to normal services.

TBM Joan relaunches towards State Library

20 Oct 2020

Tunnel boring machine (TBM) Joan has begun its one-kilometre journey from the Parkville Station site to the new State Library Station site.

Metro Tunnel for kids on Facebook Live

28 Oct 2020

Get ready for a live Facebook event on Saturday 7 November for children and parents to watch together.

TBM Meg relaunches towards State Library Station

12 Nov 2020

Two tunnel boring machines are now digging from Parkville towards the new State Library Station site.

Metro Tunnel Creative Program and Arts Centre Melbourne announce Women’s Circus for new commission

03 Dec 2020

The diverse troupe will premiere a new performance celebrating disability in 2021.

Contribute to Kensington’s new flood wall design

09 Dec 2020

Kensington community members are invited to contribute to the design process for the flood wall next to JJ Holland Park.

Christmas in the city

10 Dec 2020

Metro Tunnel Creative Program brings colour, shimmer and light to Melbourne this festive season.

New facility to train Victoria's future tunnelling experts

17 Dec 2020

Melbourne's brand new training centre for all things tunnelling construction is now open.