Metro Tunnel project on track to begin in 2018

February 20, 2017 by  

Improved access to Central, North, South and West Melbourne areas, in and around the central business district, is expected when the $10.9bn Melbourne Metro Tunnel project is completed in 2026.

The subject of great research and development, the project is expected to radically change the area’s public transport network by introducing a nine-kilometre twin rail tunnel extending from South Yarra to South Kensington.

Details of the Metro Tunnel project have been advertised extensively via the media and newsletter printing, particularly in areas to be most affected by the eight-year project, which is scheduled to begin in 2018.

According to the reports, the network’s two busiest lines Cranbourne/Packenham and Sunbury will travel the route through the tunnel, located under the CBD.

The construction of underground stations will occur at St Kilda Road’s Domain, CBD North and CBD South on Swanston Street, Parkville (close to the University of Melbourne) and North Melbourne’s Arden.

Underground walkways will link CBD North to Melbourne Central and CBD South to Flinders Street. Project details state the tunnel will cater for 65 high-capacity trains.

Public Transport Users Association president Tony Morton said the improvement of the train system’s capabilities was an important move that would go a long way to addressing decades of underinvestment in the public transport system in Melbourne.

Evan Tattersall, of the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, said the realisation of the tunnel will allow for future projects down the track, including the introduction of new lines to Rowville and Melbourne Airport.