The Government of Victoria in Australia has selected the Cross Yarra Partnership to build the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project.
The partnership is led by Lendlease Engineering and also comprises John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. The consortium was selected following an extensive competitive tender process.
Cross Yarra Partnership is set to build the Metro Tunnel along with five new underground stations under the deal. The project is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said: “We’re building the turn-up and go train system Victoria has been waiting for. We’ve chosen the design, we’ve chosen the builders and we’re getting on with it.
“We don’t just talk about it; we’re building the train network Victoria needs and creating thousands of local jobs.”
The five new underground stations will feature wider platforms, optimised natural light and sweeping arches, and are expected to exhibit an urban design.
The stations will also feature revitalised open space above ground with additional entrances in order to reduce crowding on major streets.
A new entrance will be built at Parkville station to allow easy access to the passengers travelling to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The development will also see the construction of underground walkways at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations, which will enable the passengers to change easily between the Metro Tunnel stations and the City Loop.
Additionally, Domain station will have a floating timber canopy under the new tram interchange on St Kilda Road to ease congestion on the tram corridor.
Preliminary work on the project has already begun, while major construction on the tunnel and stations are scheduled to start next year.