Cross Yarra Partnership, a consortium which includes Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital, is to design and build Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel.
As well as a 9km twin-bore tunnel, the consortium is also responsible for building the tunnel’s five new underground stations: Arden, Parkville, CBD North and South, and Domain.
The Metro Tunnel, which will run from North Melbourne to South Yarra, will connect the existing Sunbury and Cranebourne/Pakenham lines. By doing so, it will remove traffic from the City Loop and create extra capacity around the core network.
In a statement, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often across Melbourne.”
“The Metro Tunnel will change Melbourne forever with a world class design that will see new open space, terraced seating and sweeping arches.”
Preparatory works are underway and construction of the tunnel is set to begin next year.