Victorian Premier announces builder of Metro Tunnel and new jobs

The Victorian Government has revealed the joint venture (JV) that has been selected to build the AU$6 billion Metro Tunnel and announced that nearly 7,000 new jobs will be created by the project.

Earlier this month, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced that the Cross Yara Partnership (CYP) – a JV comprising Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – had been award the project’s most significant contract.

The CYP will be responsible for building and fitting out the 9 km tunnel, as well as the construction of five new underground stations at Arden St, Parkville, two CBD stations and one at the Domain Interchange.

Up to six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) could be used during construction, each up to 100 m long and weighing more than 1,000 t.

The government also announced that nearly 7,000 new jobs will be created by the project, including hundreds of apprenticeships and engineering cadets, which it said would give hundreds of Victorians a start in one of Australia’s biggest ever infrastructure projects.


“We’re building the turn-up and go train system Victoria has been waiting for,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

“We’ve chosen the design, we’ve chosen the builders and we’re getting on with it.

“We don’t just talk about it – we’re building the train network Victoria needs and creating thousands of local jobs.”

The Government announced in August 2016 that it has shortlisted three JVs, which included some of the world’s most experience construction and tunnelling contractors.

The JV was also awarded the contract for early works in 2016, which are already well underway through Melbourne’s CBD.

More than 88 per cent of materials used to build the tunnels and underground stations will be sourced locally, including 93 per cent of the steel require for the project.

New factories will also be established in the western suburbs and regional Victoria.

Major construction of the tunnel and associated stations are expected to start next year.

For more information visit the MMRA website.

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