Metro Tunnel celebrates five years
Posted: 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.
Among the highlights of the five years since work began, crews have:
- Completed the Early Works package to relocate existing infrastructure and utilities for construction (up to 100 underground services including telecommunications, gas, water and power were relocated and protected ahead of major construction)
- Dug shafts for the future State Library and Town Hall stations at City Square, A’Beckett Street and Franklin Street
- Made significant progress on all five stations
- Launched two TBMs from the Arden Station site towards the western tunnel entrance in Kensington
- Excavated the station cavern for the new State Library Station 36 metres under Swanston Street
- Built support structures and a roof slab for the tunnel’s eastern entrance at South Yarra, as well as laid 1.8 kilometres of new track to connect the tunnels to the existing Cranbourne/Pakenham lines
- Started work on the $16 million Victorian Tunnelling Centre, where local workers will be trained in underground construction and tunnelling
- Built six massive temporary acoustic sheds across the city to minimise noise, light and dust for Melburnians as workers construct the new stations and tunnels 24 hours a day beneath city streets.
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