As the largest investment in Melbourne's CBD rail capacity since the City Loop was completed 30 years ago, the metro tunnel will connect passengers to Arden, Parkville and Domain precincts via heavy rail for the first time and provide much-needed relief to the heavily congested Swanston Street / St Kilda Road tram corridor, currently the busiest in the world.
The contract outlines that that tunnels and stations will be complete in September 2024, after an original ‘on track’ commitment for 2025.
“The Metro Tunnel is ahead of schedule, creating thousands of jobs and giving hundreds of apprentices a head start on their careers,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
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“This project will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne.”
As a 29km rail system from the west of Melborune to the south-east, the Metro Tunnel is expected to enable 39,000 more passengers to use the rail system during each peak period.
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