Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) has appointed the Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald (AJM) joint venture (JV) as the technical, planning, and engagement advisor for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project in Victoria, Australia.
The JV will support MMRA in progressing technical, planning, and engagement work for the project, with key activities already underway.
MMRA is responsible for managing planning works, the development of a project reference design, undertaking site investigations, planning approvals, procurement, construction delivery, and project commissioning.
The Melbourne Metro Rail Project includes two nine-kilometre rail tunnels from South Kensington to South Yarra as part of a new Sunbury to Cranbourne and Pakenham line.
Work under the project will also include construction of new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South, and Domain as well as train and tram interchanges at Parkville and Domain and rail tunnel entrances at South Kensington and South Yarra.
The project unlocks critically needed capacity in Melbourne’s rail network and will transform the network into an international metro-style rail system.
Jacobs Group vice-president Michael Shirley said: "As a member of the AJM joint venture, we are thrilled to be part of a world class team leveraging our comprehensive rail experience and expertise to play a key role in this significant, city-shaping project."
Following completion of the project, approximately 20,000 more passengers will be able to use Melbourne’s rail network during the peak hour.
The project will also ease congestion on St Kilda Road and Swanston Street, one of the world’s busiest tram corridors, as well as paving the way for further extensions to the rail network.