City Square’s new artwork

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program has unveiled a new art display on the Swanston Street hoarding at the City Square work site.

Designed by Melbourne artist Peter Atkins, RAILway is based on the designs of vintage train tickets issued between 1920 and the late 1980s that departed from or arrived into Melbourne. RAILway will remain on display until May, 2019.

Archaeology dig on display

After six months of uncovering Melbourne’s past as part of Victoria’s biggest ever archaeology dig, new artefacts are on display at Metro Tunnel HQ – the Metro Tunnel Project visitor centre at 125-133 Swanston St.

Archaeological investigations have been undertaken at two prominent locations in the CBD – next to the Young & Jackson Hotel on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets, and on the corner of LaTrobe and Swanston streets.

The latest display delves into the history of Melbourne’s health and hygiene and includes a selection of the 1000 teeth that were found near Flinders St (where a prominent dentist once operated) and a medical bottle that is connected to one of Melbourne’s first pharmacies on Collins St.
Over the summer, industry and work-related artefacts will be on display, including pen nibs, ink wells and crucibles.

The real big dig

Construction of the CBD’s future State Library Station has moved into the next phase with the delivery of a road header machine at the A’Beckett St acoustic shed that will create the huge underground cavern for the new station.

Road headers are massive excavating machines fitted with a mounted cutter head that will burrow out the caverns for the new underground State Library and Town Hall stations. A total of six road headers will be used in the CBD as part of the project, three for each station.

The Festival of Independents

The Metro Tunnel Project is proud to support the Festival of Independents, an event to celebrate the independent stores and traders of Melbourne.

From food to fashion, this event between 4pm and 9pm on 6 December will recognise all that is special about the clusters of city-centre businesses that are united by their local independent spirit.

The Festival will highlight city centre shopping precincts, including Flinders St, Campbell Arcade, Degraves St, Flinders Lane, Centre Place, Manchester Lane, Scott Alley, the Nicholas Building and Centreway Arcade.

Creative installations, Melbourne-made and designed wares, live entertainment and tasty treats will be on offer at The Festival of Independents.

The Metro Tunnel Project will be featuring participating traders on Facebook and Instagram ahead of the festival. You can get a sneak peek at what goodies will be on offer by visiting the Metro Tunnel Facebook page and Instagram page.

Thanks for 2018. See you in 2019

It’s been a huge 12 months for the Metro Tunnel Project, with major construction underway right across the city as we get on with building the new Town Hall and State Library stations.

Thanks to all the residents, businesses, public transport users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists for their patience. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to sharing more project news in CBD News in 2019.

For more information about the Metro Tunnel Project, visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au, connect on social media via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, or call 1800 105 105 (24 hours).

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