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State Library Station taking shape below Swanston St

State Library Station taking shape below Swanston St

Construction of the Metro Tunnel Project’s new State Library Station is well underway, with the main cavern now excavated and work starting on the permanent station.  The cavern under the CBD has been excavated using three road headers, each of which excavate around 500 tonnes of rock every day. They are equipped with cutterheads that

Metro Tunnel HQ open all summer

Metro Tunnel HQ – the project’s visitor centre on Swanston St – is open all summer.  A popular spot in the heart of the city, Metro Tunnel HQ has clocked more than 100,000 visitors since it opened in mid-2018, with numbers expected to top 200,000 by the end of the year.   January has already

Clementine and company push ahead

Melbourne’s celebrated laneways are a distinct part of the city’s appeal: just the place to linger with a latte or browse the unique shops. Degraves St is one of the more celebrated thoroughfares, and its array of cafes cater to all tastes. But its appeal goes beyond dining and there are several treats at the

City Square gets a new (temporary) shed

City Square is one of three construction sites for the Metro Tunnel Project’s new Town Hall station.  If you’ve walked past recently, you would’ve seen a large shed now covers much of the site.  The acoustic shed is a temporary structure designed to minimise construction impacts such as noise, dust and light during major construction. 

New milestone for Metro Tunnel HQ

Metro Tunnel headquarters (HQ) on Swanston St notched up its latest milestone when it passed the 100,000 visitor mark recently. The honour went collectively to grade five and six students from Garfield Primary School, south-east of the city, who celebrated with gift bags and party poppers, while they learned about the Metro Tunnel project. Virtual

Flinders St eastbound lanes closure

As works to build the new Town Hall Station ramp up, the eastbound lanes of Flinders St, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, will close from September for up to three years.  The closure will enable construction of an underground passenger connection from the new Town Hall Station to Flinders Street Station, between Swanston and Degraves

State Library Station breakthrough

Three massive machines – each weighing more than 100 tonnes – have met 30 metres underground, in the first tunnel breakthrough on the Metro Tunnel Project.  The breakthrough occurred under the northern end of Swanston St, near Franklin St, where the new State Library Station is being built.  The road headers – which are 15

Construction update

Town Hall Station Construction to build the new Town Hall Station is continuing in Melbourne’s CBD, across all three sites.  At Federation Square, piling works will continue around the perimeter of the site until mid-July. Two piling rigs are currently operating at the site, a regular-sized rig drilling piles up to 30 metres deep and

La Trobe St traffic changes

Major works on the Metro Tunnel are underway to support construction of the new State Library Station at the northern end of Swanston St in the CBD. Underground service relocations will commence on La Trobe St, between Elizabeth and Swanston streets, to facilitate the construction of an underground passenger connection that will link Melbourne Central

Second road header starts excavating

Construction activity in the CBD is ramping up 30 metres underground as part of Metro Tunnel Project works.  Two road headers are now excavating under the northern end of Swanston St as they start the epic task of constructing the new State Library Station.    Road headers are massive excavating machines fitted with mounted cutter

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