Rail investigations begin at Box Hill

Geotechnical work is underway in Box Hill as part of the next stage of Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop.

The next phase in the Victorian capital’s AU$50 billion project – announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in September 2018 – will see works begin across Melbourne’s southeast, with the geotechnical investigations to involve drilling boreholes of depths between 30 and 60 m to extract rock and soil, which will then be tested for composition and stability.

These findings will help crews understand the ground conditions and plan for the new underground alignment and station locations, as well as how the project will be built and the amount of time it will take.

The Suburban Rail Loop involves tunnelling a new underground rail network connecting every major Victorian train line – from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, through to Melbourne Airport – with up to 12 new stations.

The project is one of the largest in the world and construction work is anticipated to begin in the southeast by the end of 2022, while an approximate completion date of 2050 is targeted for the entire project.

Local residents and communities can have a say on all steps of the project through a survey.

For more information visit the Rail Projects Victoria website.

If you have a project you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Assistant Editor Chloe Jenkins at cjenkins@gs-press.com.au

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