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Metro Tunnel

Rail infrastructure works underway

Work is set to ramp up on the western and eastern entrances to the Metro Tunnel and upgrades on the wider rail network.

The $1 billion Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) works package will build the tunnel entrances in Kensington and South Yarra, as well as a new platform at West Footscray and associated suburban rail upgrades that will maximise the benefits of the Metro Tunnel by providing more services for all passengers.

Around 50 workers are currently preparing the sites for construction, with more than 150 workers set to be onsite by the end of October.

A consortium comprising John Holland, CPB Contractors and AECOM will deliver the RIA, in partnership with Rail Projects Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne.

Turnbacks will be built at West Footscray and Hawksburn stations, allowing services to start and end at these stations during timetabled peak periods for the first time, instead of travelling further down the line..

Public spaces near the eastern tunnel entrance, including South Yarra Siding Reserve, will be rejuvenated as part of these works before being returned to the local community once tunnel entrance works are complete.

Around 1000 people will work on the RIA package, including almost 100 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

The majority of RIA works are expected to be finished in line with the completion of the tunnels and stations, ready for opening by the end of 2025.

Scope of works

Map showing the scope of works, click to enlarge