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 been a busy month for the HQ team, with more than 600 visitors recorded in a single day! 

Head down and check out the latest archaeological display featuring Chinese artefacts from the Victorian mining boom. Items were excavated as part of a Metro Tunnel dig in 2018 that yielded interesting finds including an assortment of old teeth, children’s toys and jewellery.  

Visitors can continue to enjoy a virtual reality tour inside a tunnel and interactive activities for kids including a Mini Melbourne Minecraft game. 

The HQ team is on hand seven days a week to answer questions about the project with maps and brochures to help illustrate progress to date.  

Metro Tunnel HQ is located 125-133 Swanston St across the road from the Melbourne Town Hall. 

For more information visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au 

Construction blitz

The Metro Tunnel project’s eastern entrance at South Yarra is taking shape following a month-long construction blitz. 

Project team members have worked around the clock throughout January to complete the roof slab and support structures for the Metro Tunnel’s eastern entrance as well as rail systems upgrades between Caulfield and South Yarra to support future high capacity signalling and trains.

Major works during this period included:

Pouring more than 3500 cubic metres of concrete, including 1340 cubic metres for the roof slab;

Installing around 550 tonnes of steel reinforcement, 4000 tonnes of capping and backfill and 1650 linear metres of drainage; and 

Removing and reinstating close to two kilometres track, overhead lines and signalling equipment.

Final works involve reinstallation of tracks and finishing touches to return services to the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines.

Bus replacement services, which enabled the works to go ahead, will have transported more than 1.5 million passengers on the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston lines between Flinders Street and Caulfield stations, as well as V/Line passengers on the Gippsland line, by the end of the construction blitz. 

Bus replacement services also extended to Moorabbin and Westall for seven days early in the occupation •

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