Construction work on the North Melbourne station in the Australian province of Victoria has started.

The North Melbourne station is one of the five underground stations being built as a part of an A$11bn ($8.32bn) Metro Tunnel project.

Initially, workers began preparations to build the underground walls, which will be up to 30m deep, and enable safe excavation of 330,000 tonnes of rock and soil.

“We are delivering the Metro Tunnel on-time and on-budget, creating almost 7,000 jobs for Victorians in the process.”

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “The start of North Melbourne station construction marks another major milestone for this mammoth project.

“We are delivering the Metro Tunnel on-time and on-budget, creating almost 7,000 jobs for Victorians in the process.

“The Metro Tunnel will transform our public transport system by creating space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne.”

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The new North Melbourne Station will be built within the excavated space and will feature platforms more than 225m-long.

Above the ground, the station will feature a plaza with entry gates at Laurens and Barwise streets.

Around 300 workers will be involved in building the station and it is scheduled to be ready for the Metro Tunnel to open in 2025.

The new station is also expected to transform the region and create more than 43,000 jobs over the next 30 years.

In the following weeks, construction of new underground stations at Parkville, Anzac and two CBD locations will be ramped up.

The construction of a new manufacturing facility in the west of Melbourne will also be expedited.

This facility will provide more than 50,000 concrete segments to line the project’s twin 9km-long tunnels.