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Media release: Construction of Melbourne Metro Rail to start in 2017

24 November 2015

The first package of works on the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Victoria's history – Melbourne Metro Rail – will go to the market tomorrow and begin in just over a year.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce the early works package for the multi-billion project.

The package will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of critical works to prepare key sites for the start of major construction in 2018.

Works will include moving and protecting underground services such as gas, sewer and water mains, stormwater pipes and telecommunications cables, and the relocation of trees and other road features to enable to the construction sites to be established.

Minor road and tram diversions will be put in place near the Domain Interchange, to enable early works to be carried out.

This follows the announcement last week that Melbourne Metro Rail – including two nine-kilometre tunnels and five new stations – will be built through a multi-billion dollar Public Private Partnership.

Melbourne Metro Rail will transform Melbourne's rail network into an international-style underground metro system that can carry 20,000 extra passengers in peak hour.

Early works will be sequenced and coordinated to reduce disruption to residents, businesses and passengers, and will reduce future disruption during major construction.

The Early Works EOI will be released tomorrow and will be available on the Victorian Government Tenders website: Applications close on 23 December 2015.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

"Melbourne Metro Rail will unclog our train network, creating an international-style turn-up-and-go underground metro system."

"This project has been spoken about for a decade, and was abandoned by the short-sighted previous Government. We're getting on with it."

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan

"These early works will set up key sites for major construction in 2018, so we can deliver Melbourne Metro Rail as soon as possible. After four lost years under the Liberals, we haven't got a moment to waste.

"The Melbourne Metro cross-city rail tunnel will deliver the high-capacity, high-frequency metro system Melbourne needs, and lays the foundation for future growth of our train network."