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Second road header starts excavating

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

Construction update

Metro Tunnel construction continues across Melbourne with works on the new Town Hall and State Library stations making significant progress in recent weeks. A 121-tonne, 15-metre long road header launched 30 metres underneath A’Beckett St late last year. It continues to dig out a pedestrian access passage for the new State Library Station ahead of

Mini tunnel boring machine on show

The first of four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will build the Metro Tunnel’s twin 9km rail tunnels is on its way to the Port of Melbourne. It will then be transported to North Melbourne for assembly. Measuring 7.2 metres in diameter, weighing more than 1000 tonnes and 120 metres in length, the first TBM

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

Town Hall Station starts

Long-term changes to Flinders St to build the Metro Tunnel Work has started on building an entrance to the Metro Tunnel’s new underground Town Hall Station at Federation Square.  Sharing an iconic Melbourne intersection with Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral and Young & Jackson Hotel, it will improve access to some of the city’s

Archaeology on display

The public is invited to look at Victoria’s biggest ever archaeology digs courtesy of the Metro Tunnel Project.  Viewing windows have been built into the hoarding on Swanston St near the Young and Jackson Hotel so that passers-by can see the historic digs underway. More than half a million artefacts, some dating back more than

Piling is about to start at City Square

Town Hall Station The next phase of major construction on the Metro Tunnel Project is underway as piling works kick off at Town Hall Station’s City Square site, located on Swanston St. Michele Dix, managing director of London’s Crossrail 2 and one of the UK’s leading public transport infrastructure experts, visited City Square and shared

Big ideas wanted to dress up Metro Tunnel construction sites

The Metro Tunnel Project has put a call out to Melbourne’s creative industry to ensure Melbourne remains a vibrant and attractive destination during construction of Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project. The creative program will see major worksites and surrounding areas livened up with hoarding artworks, performances and events, designed to bring the worksites to

Bold new station designs revealed

Final station designs for the Metro Tunnel have been unveiled, including new images of State Library and Town Hall stations.  The designs combine functionality, space and natural light with the latest in public transport infrastructure design. The bold station designs make station layouts as easy as possible for passengers to navigate, while ensuring the structures

Big digs ploughing on

The state’s biggest ever archaeology digs are ploughing on as round-the-clock excavation continues. State Library Station  Archaeological digs are underway on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets with the first stage now complete. This stage involved the removal of existing concrete slabs within the site and establishing test pits to determine the ground

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