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Metro Tunnel

CEO's project overview


[Title: Melbourne Metro Rail Project]

[Vision: Flinders Street Station, pedestrians crossing]

Evan Tattersall – Chief Executive Officer

Melbourne is Australia's fastest growing city. Projections are for population to double by the middle of the century. Melbourne Metro is crucial to the future liveability of Melbourne.

[Vision: Timetable screen showing a train departing]

Currently, the City Loop and the outlying key stations of Melbourne are at choke point. We can't run many more services into the heart of our city.

[Vision: Animated alignment map showing five stations and tunnel entrances]

So Melbourne Metro is nine kilometres of twin tunnel and five underground stations that runs from the north west of the city to the south east of the city, through the heart. So what it does is effectively increase the capacity of the existing City Loop by about forty five percent.

[Vision: Animated cross-section of tunnels running under Melbourne]

But it also enables us to take two of our busiest lines that currently run through the City Loop, out of that and run them through this new tunnel.

[Vision: Commuters at Melbourne Central platforms]

We actually can run more services on about seventy percent of Melbourne's network, as a consequence of this project. The scale and complexity of this project is enormous and it's inevitable that there will be an impact on the city, quite significant in some areas.

[Vision: Time lapse footage from Crossrail project – a Tunnel Boring Machine being assembled underground. Construction footage from inside a Crossrail tunnel]

We've undertaken extensive consultation with our stakeholders, businesses and the community. That's helped us to establish what we call a "concept design".

[Vision: Animation of TBM digging under Melbourne and trains running underground]

From that concept design we've been able to develop a business case, which we've put forward the government and obtained funding. So the entire project is now fully funded.

We've also developed a procurement strategy, which is our contracting strategy to enable us to engage the market and the contractors who will help us deliver this project.

[Vision: Construction workers at a Melbourne Metro geotechnical investigations site. Workers measuring and collecting samples and conducting tests]

A lot of work's been undertaken to establish information that informs the Environmental Effects Statement process, that is now out on public exhibition.

So we encourage the public, our stakeholders, businesses, to put submissions in on what has been proposed in the EES.

[Vision: A group of people discussing Metro Tunnel plans and maps]

Those submissions will ultimately be assessed by an independent panel later this year and that panel will then make recommendations to the Minister for Planning, who ultimately decides on the approvals for the project.

[Vision: Aerial shot of Melbourne with animated route and stations]

So the Metro Tunnel is going to be a transformational project for Melbourne. It's going to improve Melbourne's liveability and the way people can access this great city.

And I encourage everyone to get behind the project and support us to the hill, because this project is so important for Melbourne's future.