On 18 December, the state government announced that it had finalised its contract with Cross Yarra Partnership, with a value of some $6 billion. Melbourne’s $11bn Metro Tunnel Project’s 9km long twin rail tunnels are now halfway to completion. TBM Alice was released a month later, on 25 May 2020. With the proposed route expected to run directly under Swanston Street and towards the south-eastern suburbs, the project will provide much needed relief to existing and overcrowded tram services that run from St Kilda Road into the CBD. Paul Mees in 2008 noted that the claim the new tunnel would allow 40 extra trains per hour through the city should be compared to an increase of 56 trains per hour by increasing line capacity to 24 trains per hour per line (80% of the theoretical 30 trains per hour allowed by the current signalling system), reducing dwell times and other efficiencies such as terminating some trains at Flinders Street station rather than Southern Cross station. , According to government ministers, the Melbourne Rail Link offered greater capacity increases and less disruption during the construction phase than existing plans. , In April, further concerns about the tunnel's impact on buildings near its route emerged, with managers of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Parkville and the Manchester Unity Building in the CBD, along with the University of Melbourne, making submissions to the MMRA suggesting their properties were at serious risk of damage from construction and operation vibration.  The station is expected to serve approximately 14,500 passengers during peak periods. CEO Ian Dobbs, launching the plan, argued that any expansion of the system was "impossible" without vastly improved capacity in the core of the network. The five new Metro Tunnel stations are Arden, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall, and Anzac. , Federal funding options for the project were realised by the former Abbott Government's 'Asset Recycling Program', which matches 15% of the cost of any State Government asset that is sold to be used for infrastructure projects.  Shortly afterwards, Bombardier was announced as the successful tenderer for the signalling and communication systems contract, and supplied plans to build signal control centres in Sunshine and Dandenong. Tunnelling for the $11 billion Metro Tunnel appears to be running at least four months late, raising fears that the government's 2025 completion date may not be achieved.  The NDPMR envisaged the tunnel's construction taking place in a wave of major development from 2017 to 2022, enabling the segregation of the rail system into four independently-operated lines, each with their own routes through the CBD. The Metro Tunnel is Melbourne’s biggest rail project since the City Loop was built in the 1970s. This equates to approximately 8000 extra passengers moving between Cranbourne/Pakenham and Sunbury every hour. The crossing will likely reopen in January 2022. Various aspects of the works are still being refined. Meanwhile, however, the federal government continued to refuse to fund the project, which led some observers to describe Andrews' commitment as a significant political risk.  Later that year, it emerged that train operator Connex and coordinating authority Metlink were among stakeholders encouraging the government to consider a proposal similar to Currie's, but extended to Footscray in the city's west. This much ...", "Commuters warned of May misery with replacement buses ready to roll", "More transport misery to hit Melbourne commuters in July and August", "Massive Metro Tunnel Boring Machines Coming Together", "Our first tunnel boring machine breakthrough", "Building The Metro Tunnel And Supporting Jobs Through The Crisis", "Tunneling All Systems Go On The Metro Tunnel", "Construction in North Melbourne - Metro Tunnel", "Melbourne Metro Rail project: Trams to keep running along Swanston Street", "Federal rail cash under a cloud over South Yarra station stoush", "Federal government opens door to funding Melbourne Metro rail tunnel", "Port sale standoff threatens to derail Andrews government's transport promises", Railpage - Detailed analysis and commentary on the project, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Metro_Tunnel&oldid=987937471, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Victoria (Australia) articles missing geocoordinate data, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 November 2020, at 03:16. For details of the benefits that the Metro Tunnel will provide Melbourne and Victoria, see our Project benefits page. The Metro Tunnel was assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process.