Excavation works are now underway on all five Melbourne Metro Tunnel station sites, with works ramping up on the site of the future ANZAC station.
An acoustic shed will be built over the northern section of the site in mid 2019 to contain the dust and noise as hundreds of workers remove around 400,000 tonnes of rock and soil from a 300 metre long, 30 metre wide and 22 metre deep station box.
Suitable topsoil and excavated material will be re-used wherever possible in collaboration with community groups, local governments and industry to rehabilitate old quarries, improve public open space and support other construction projects.
More than 120 engineering cadets have worked more than 135,000 hours on the Metro Tunnel, with almost 100 extra tertiary students studying a range of disciplines working on the project as part of industry-based learning opportunities.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the Metro Tunnel will create space to run more trains, slash travel times and connect areas such as Domain and Parkville to the network for the first time.
“We’re not wasting a minute building the Metro Tunnel – excavation is now underway at every station and the massive tunnel boring machines will be digging under Melbourne by the end of the year,” Andrews said.
Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the project would not only help deliver more trains, but also create thousands of local jobs and kick start careers.