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Metro Tunnel

Tunnels and Stations shortlist announcement


[Vision: Essendon sign, Premier speaking with others - Onboard high capacity]

Daniel Andrews - Premier of Victoria:

This is such a fantastic project.

[Vision: World's Best Shortlisted to Build the Metro Tunnel]

I can confirm that following an extensive process, we have shortlisted three of the world's leading construction firms, partnership arrangements with each of them, they will move to the next stage of this competitive tender process for around $6 billion worth of station construction and tunnelling work.

[Vision: Artist's impression of City Loop and Melbourne Metro tunnelling and station - Daniel Andrews speaking]

These are three of the biggest construction companies in the world who are all desperate to be involved in building Australia's biggest public transport project.

[Vision: Map of tunnel location]

That gives you a sense of just how significant this undertaking is.

[Vision: PPP Shortlist plan for Metro Tunnel]

Part of moving to this next stage of the detailed tender and obviously procurement process, is also – we can announce for you that there will be six up to 100 metre long tunnel boring machines, these weighing up to 1,000 tons each.

[Vision: Tunnel Boring Machine and Road Header]

They will remove enough soil, enough fill from underneath the city to fill 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This is a massive task. Yes it will be disruptive.

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But it's worth the effort and it's worth the inconvenience.

[Vision: Shield - Rock and Soil removal conveyor]

It does take some time, that's the nature of projects that are as big and as important as this one.

[Daniel Andrews speaking]

These five new stations, nine kilometres of track, such a significant boost to the capacity of our public transport system that you won't need a timetable.

[Vision: Train at station and passengers - train leaving station]

This will be a turn up and go public transport system. If you've missed that train you can wait a couple of minutes and the next one will be along just in time for you.

[Daniel Andrews speaking]

That's what world class cities right around the world have got, and that's what Melbourne and Victoria is entitled to as well.

[Vision: Train at station and passengers]

Jacinta Allan - Minister for Public Transport:

We have three world class consortiums bidding for what is an incredibly exciting project here in the Melbourne Metro Tunnel.

[Vision: Artist's impression of construction on access shafts between Melbourne City Baths and RMIT]

Once this tender process is completed, we'll see the three shafts that have been constructed as part of that early works package. That work will start early next year and we'll see those shafts constructed in the CBD.

[Vision: Soil removal conveyor - Multi-purpose vehicle]

This will mean, once this tender is awarded, the companies can start immediately with that important next stage.

[Vision: Concrete segments delivered to tunnel by vehicle]

So we are locking in together all the different elements of this project.

[Vision: TBM construction method of tunnel - trains]

And as I said, it is so important that we do it as promptly as we can, meet each milestone, and deliver what is not just an exciting project, it's a vitally needed project for Melbourne and Victoria, providing enormous capacity on our public transport system, and importantly too, providing thousands and thousands of construction jobs over the coming years.