Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP), a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital, has been chosen to construct the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.
The scope of the project will include the construction of five new underground stations, which will include wider platforms, more natural light and sweeping arches.
All five stations will include upgraded open space above ground. The work will also include additional entrances to reduce crowding on major streets in the CBD, including two entrances at City Square, and at Swanston Street, Flinders Street, Federation Square, Franklin Street and La Trobe Street.
A new entrance will be built in Parkville on the doorstep of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Furthermore, walkways at Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations will be put underground, allowing passengers to change easily between the Metro Tunnel stations and the City Loop. Domain station will include a floating timber canopy and sit below the new tram interchange on St Kilda Road.
Currently early works are in progress, with major construction on the tunnel and stations expected to commence in 2018. The project will create more than 5,000 jobs, including apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews said: “We’re building the turn-up and go train system Victoria has been waiting for. We’ve chosen the design, we’ve chosen the builders and we’re getting on with it.”
“We don’t just talk about it – we’re building the train network Victoria needs and creating thousands of local jobs.”