Published on : Saturday, April 30, 2016
Acting Premier James Merlino joined Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, to make the announcement.
The EOI process closes at 2:00pm on Thursday 9 June.
This Public Private Partnership – expected to be in the range of $6 billion – will deliver the nine kilometre twin tunnels under the CBD, and the five new underground stations.
The start of the Metro Tunnel procurement process has been made possible by the announcement that the Andrews Labor Government would fully fund and deliver the project.
The guaranteed funding has given the market the stability it needs to enter the tender process, after significant interest from some of the world’s biggest construction and engineering firms.
The new Metro Tunnel will give the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines their own tunnel through the CBD, which will free up space in the Loop to run more trains in and out of the City.
It includes five new underground stations, at Arden, Parkville and Domain, and two new city stations directly connected to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central.
Sixty five brand new, high capacity trains will run on the line, freeing up more trains and more space all over Melbourne.
It will mean more trains, coming more often, to more stations, which means less congestion in suburbs.
Early works begin next year, with the major construction delivered through this package to start in 2018, and the project set to create 3,700 Victorian jobs.