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Metro Tunnel

Building megaprojects in megacities


[Title: Building megaprojects in megacities]

[Vision:  Commuters using ticketing gates. Shot of Flinders Street Station and timetable screens]

James Tonkin – Director, Communications & Stakeholder Relations

Metro-style public transport systems are the hallmark of great global cities. These large infrastructure projects are a part of everyday life.

[Vision: Animation of future CBD North station being constructed. Cut to artists' impressions of Parkville and CBD North stations]

People understand that for some short-term disruption, the benefits will be delivered for fifty to a hundred years.

[Vision: Crossrail animation footage of a Tunnel Boring Machine digging underneath the ground]

David Anderson – Development Director

I spent seven years working on the Crossrail project developing the concept design, developing the environmental assessments, making sure that the impacts were going to be manageable as that very large project was built in the centre of London.

[Vision: Animated map of the United Kingdom, highlighting the London's rail network]

Most major cities in the world are facing significant growth. Part of the way we accommodate that growth is by building new transport systems, and in particular new metro systems in the hearts of our cities.

[Vision: Crossrail footage zooming into underground tunnels]

And that's the way we allow our cities to grow. We provide this new transport capacity that allows continued growth.

[Vision: Close up of MMRA safety vest. Cut to passengers on a crowded train platform, boarding escalators and pedestrians walking down the street]

Paul Dixon – Senior Project Manager (Engineering)

The big challenge is building within a busy environment. It's something, which I've worked on before in other major cities overseas, in Hong Kong and Singapore. I've worked in building stations in the middle of a jungle, to the middle of a CBD, outside of shopping centres and hotels.

[Vision: Shots of people speaking on phones and computers in the office]

So each has got its own challenges. So the challenge is, I think, communicating to the public what's happening and having good plans in place that minimise the impact to the people and the infrastructure and the traffic.

[Vision: Shots of a roadwork sign, building construction and workers using equipment]

And I think it's very important having that stakeholder engagement, public engagement and that we've got our plans in place so that people are fully aware of what's going on.

[James Tonkin speaking]

Since the middle of 2015, we've been listening to a lot of local stakeholders and key institutional stakeholders about the project – what their expectations and aspirations are.

[Vision: Shots of The Royal Melbourne Hospital, RMIT and The University of Melbourne]

We've been already building a lot of that feedback into a lot of our design and development work.

[Vision: Surveying equipment and workers in high-vis. People collecting information outdoors]

So we've been really upfront about what sort of disruption the project may cause while we're building it. We're very mindful that we want to try and keep the disruption to a minimum.

[Vision: Animation of Melbourne's train network and the future Metro Tunnel]

We want to try and build the project as quickly as we can, so that people can actually enjoy the benefits of having a new metro-style system in Melbourne.

[Paul Dixon speaking]

When you build infrastructure in a major city like this, it just brings vibrancy, it brings business, it improves people's lives.

[Vision: Shops and people walking inside Melbourne Central, crowds disembarking escalators]

But again, other places in the world have been through this situation. Eventually you'll come out at the end of the day with a beautiful new Melbourne Metro Tunnel and I think we've got to not take our eye off the ball. That's what we're aiming for.