Almost 30 million hours have been worked on the metro tunnel project – the equivalent of keeping more than 2,500 people full-time during the six years – since the start of the project.
Premier Daniel Andrews today met some of the project’s 900 apprentices, cadets and interns, who received an early career boost by having the chance to work on this city-changing project.
After the completion of the TBM tunnel, Arden station takes shape with the construction of the platforms and the pouring of the ground floor slab at the entrance to Laurens Street station. The twin tunnels are now fitted with base slabs and steel brackets to accommodate the high voltage power cords.
The tunnel entrances at South Yarra and Kensington are now complete and connected to the main tunnels.
Construction is well advanced on 26 cross passages – short tunnels that connect the main rail tunnels so that people and emergency services can move between them in the event of an incident.
Work is accelerating on the project’s five new underground stations, with the final stages of excavation underway and work continues to build walls, roof structures, entrances and platforms.
Once the station structures are well advanced, the teams will equip them with electrical, mechanical and ventilation systems, as well as the next-generation signaling and train control technology needed for future high-capacity metro trains to be used. on the line.
Installing the systems will be an incredibly complex job, with each system having to function and interact securely with all the others and the existing network.
Once the tunnels and stations are fully equipped, a long period of testing will ensure that the systems are integrated and communicate with each other so that the newer part of Melbourne’s rail network can be operated safely and reliably.
Completion of the project in 2025 – a year ahead of schedule – will transform the way Melburnians move around the city.
Passengers in the underground tunnel at CBD stations will be able to connect to City Loop services via underground pedestrian links at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations, and people will be able to catch a train to Parkville, Arden and St Kilda Road for the first time.
As Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said
“Our major transportation infrastructure projects keep approximately 18,000 people in employment and support approximately 36,000 indirect jobs across Victoria, with massive benefits to our economy.”
“Our Big Build project teams have done an incredible job adapting to the unprecedented challenges of the past 18 months, keeping Victorians at work and providing critical infrastructure for the future of our state.”
“Projects like the Tube Tunnel will provide what we need to run more trains, more often to the suburbs, while providing hundreds of young Victorians with highly skilled jobs. ”