Metro Rail Update articles

Mini tunnel boring machine on show

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

Biggest archaeology digs to get underway 

Last month attention turned to exploring what historical artifacts might be found at Metro Tunnel works sites. State Library Station  Following the completion of building demolition on the corner of Swanston and LaTrobe streets, preparations for the state’s biggest archaeological investigations have started. The preparatory work includes initial archaeological assessments of the ground conditions to

24-hour construction starting in CBD

In April, the Metro Tunnel project is progressing to start the 24-hour construction activities in the CBD.  We appreciate your support while we undertake these vital works in the city and urge caution around our sites. Please help us support local businesses affected by Metro Tunnel construction by continuing to visit them while works take

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