The final contract for the Metro Tunnel project – the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history – has been awarded in Australia.
A consortium consisted of Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capita, who are officially known as the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP), have been awarded the A$6 billion (∼€3.8 billion) tunnels and stations package.
Early work on the project is already underway and in 2018 construction on the tunnel and stations is due to begin.
The A$11 billion (∼€7.1 billion) Metro Tunnel project is due to be complete by 2026, creating 7,000 jobs in the process.
Earlier this month, the Victorian Government awarded the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) the signalling and communications contract, valued at $1.1 billion (∼€730 million).
RSA will roll-out high-capacity signalling on the Metro Tunnel, allowing trains every two to three minutes – the first time this technology has been rolled out on an existing network in Australia.
The Government of Victoria’s premier Daniel 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.”
The Victorian Government have released the following video celebrating the award of the tunnels and stations contract:
Contracts have been signed. Let’s get diggin’ 👷🏗 pic.twitter.com/bjOoDdePsO
— Metro Tunnel (@metrotunnelvic) December 18, 2017