2020 news archive
A look back at the news updates from 2020.
02 Jan 2020
Find out more about the works underway throughout January.
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.
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.
31 Jan 2020
Work is being undertaken at the Pakenham East Depot to establish a test site for High Capacity Signalling.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 Apr 2020
We have reached another major milestone with tunnel boring machine (TBM) Millie launching from the site of the new Anzac Station.
04 May 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 Jun 2020
The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is now seeking registrations from talented creatives for its Artist Pool.
09 Nov 2020
Work is continuing safely on Victoria’s Big Build, our biggest transport upgrade ever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 Sep 2020
A large-scale photo essay by Melbourne photographer Phoebe Powell gives pride of place to healthcare workers in Parkville.
01 Oct 2020
The Metro Tunnel Project is using thermal imaging technology to help keep our staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
22 Sep 2020
Learn more about proposed traffic changes for Childers Street, Kensington.
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.
25 Sep 2020
Join our Tunnels & Stations Deputy Director, Paul Thomas, for a live Q&A session about all things Metro Tunnel Project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28 Oct 2020
Get ready for a live Facebook event on Saturday 7 November for children and parents to watch together.
12 Nov 2020
Two tunnel boring machines are now digging from Parkville towards the new State Library Station site.
03 Dec 2020
The diverse troupe will premiere a new performance celebrating disability in 2021.
09 Dec 2020
Kensington community members are invited to contribute to the design process for the flood wall next to JJ Holland Park.
10 Dec 2020
Metro Tunnel Creative Program brings colour, shimmer and light to Melbourne this festive season.
17 Dec 2020
Melbourne's brand new training centre for all things tunnelling construction is now open.