The Government of Victoria, Australia, has awarded contracts to build the biggest public transport project in the state’s history and equip it with modern signalling.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – signed final contracts to deliver the $6bn tunnels and stations package.
CPB Contractors of CIMIC Group and Bombardier Transportation have also signed final contract to begin work on the roll-out of high-capacity signalling on the Metro Tunnel.
The $1.1bn Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) will ensure trains run safely closer together, which means they can run more often, thereby creating a turn-up-and-go train network for Melbourne.
High capacity signalling will be provided as part of the project, allowing Victoria’s new fleet of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains to run from Sunbury to Cranbourne and Pakenham and through the Metro Tunnel.
This technology is being rolled out for the first time on an existing network in Australia and will allow trains every two to three minutes.
The $11bn Metro Tunnel project is expected to create 7,000 jobs.
Early works have already begun and major works will begin in 2018. The project will be complete by 2026.
Andrews said: “We are building the world-class turn-up-and-go train network Victoria deserves – with more jobs, more stations and more trains, more often.
“We don’t just talk about building the big roads and public transport Victoria needs – we’re getting it done.”
Allan said: “We’re not wasting a minute delivering the Metro Tunnel, which will create jobs and a new community on the doorstep of the CBD.
“We’re getting things done, ramping up construction on this massive project to deliver a world-class train network for Victorians where trains come so often you can throw away the timetable.”