MMRA – Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel – Victoria - Project Profile

MMRA – Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel – Victoria - Project Profile


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Public Transport Victoria (PTV), through the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) is constructing the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel project in Victoria, Australia.

The project involves the construction of two 9km rail tunnels from South Kensington to South Yarra as part of a new Sunbury-Cranbourne/Pakenham line. The project is to be built underneath the Yarra River.

The project includes the construction of five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain with two new city stations directly connected to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central. It also includes the portal works to connect the new rail tunnel to the existing surface network in order to create the new Sunshine-Dandenong Line.

The project also includes the construction of ticket halls, waiting rooms, restaurants and shops, access ways, roundabouts,open spaces with additional entrance and parking facilities, and laying of overhead cables, and the installation of power infrastructure, elevators and safety systems.

The SGS Economic and Planning Pty Ltd has been appointed as planning consultant; Jacobs and engineering as technical consultants; Aurecon, in association with Mott MacDonald, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) and Grimshaw Architects as consultants to develop the concept designs; Links Project Management LLP as lead consultant; and Advisian as financial adviser.

KPMG has been appointed as Financial Advisor, Herbert Smith Freehills as Legal advisor and Aquenta as a cost consultant for the project.

Six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are set to be used during construction, each up to 100m long and weighing more than 1,000 tonnes.

In May 2009, MMRA received US$40 million from Infrastructure Australia, and in May 2012, it received US$49.7 million from the Victorian Government to undertake further planning and development works.

In March 2013, the Victorian Government selected the Department of Transport (DoT) as project proponent. The DoT will work closely with MMRA which has been established to administer the state's public transport system to continue with planning work. The Victorian Government revealed the project blueprint on March 27, 2013,

On February 16, 2015, the Victorian Government allocated US$31 million in funding to start planning the tunnel, and set up a new body, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, to oversee its development.

In September 2015, Chinese companies expressed significant interest in helping to fund the project, setting the scene for a potential expansion of foreign investment in Victorian infrastructure.

The public consultations were commenced in November 2015.

In February 2016, three bidders were shortlisted for the enabling contract: CPB Contractors formerly known as Leighton Contractors; John Holland KBR JV, comprising John Holland Group and KBR, Inc; and Lend Lease Coleman Rail JV, comprising Lend Lease Engineering and Coleman Rail Pty Ltd.

On April 27, 2016, the Victorian Government pledged US$2,241 million to the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project over a four-year period. It also committed to funding the whole US$8,500 million for the tunnel over the next 10 years.

On April 28, 2016, MMRA invited Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the construction of tunnels and five underground stations for the project, with a submission deadline of June 9, 2016.

On May 12, 2016, MMRA invited Expressions of Interest EOI's to design, develop and deliver the rail systems alliance (RSA) for the project, with a submission deadline of June 23, 2016. The scope of the contract includes supply signaling, communications, and other railway systems for the project. Two consortia were shortlisted:

1. A consortium comprising CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation.

2. The MetroConnect consortium comprising John Holland, Siemens, and UGL.

In June 2016, the John Holland KBR JV was awarded as an enabling contract worth US$242 million. It includes early works such as the excavation of shafts up to 35 m deep at Franklin Street, A’Beckett Street, and City Square.

On August 11, 2016, MMRA shortlisted three consortia for US$4,490 million construction contract of 9km twin tunnels and five new underground stations, as follows:

1. Continuum Victoria – comprising ACCIONA Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination

2. Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – comprising Lendlease Engineering Group, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital

3. Moving Melbourne Together – comprising Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital

In September 2016, John Holland KBR JV commenced enabling works comprising excavation of 11-story deep shafts next to Swanston Street and the two new city stations.

On December 13, 2016, the shortlisted bidders for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) construction of twin 9km tunnels and five new underground stations were asked to submit formal proposals by February 2017.

In April 2017, Beon Energy Solutions awarded a contract to design and build power infrastructure for the project.

On July 16, 2017, MMRA selected the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) for the US$4,700 million tunnel and station work contract. The contract includes the construction of five new underground stations, each with its own identity. They will include wider platforms, more natural light and sweeping arches.

On July 18, 2017, MMRA awarded the US$790 million contract to a consortium of CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation for the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA). The contract will be to design and construct the eastern tunnel entrance in South Yarra, the western tunnel entrance in Kensington and associated works across the Sunbury to Cranbourne-Pakenham corridor, including upgrading track power and conventional signaling.

On July 21, 2017, MMRA invited EOI's for the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) for the portal works to connect the new rail tunnel to the existing surface network in order to create the new Sunshine-Dandenong Line with a submission deadline of September 1, 2017. The contract is expected to be awarded by the second quarter of 2018. The RIA scope include works at the eastern and western tunnel entrances and exits portals, cut-and-cover tunneling, decline structures and the reconfiguration and realignment of existing lines to connect the new Metro Tunnel rail tracks to the existing surface network.

In October 2017, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, in a joint venture with Hassell and Weston Williamson was appointed as architect for the project.

In December 2017, MMRA signed the final contract agreement with Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) to build five new underground station and bore the 9km twin tunnels.

In December 2017, two consortia were announced as the shortlisted bidders for RIA portal works, includes the consortium of CPB Contractors, John Holland, and AECOM Australia; and Laing O’Rourke, Kellogg Brown & Root and WSP Australia

Major works at the new station in Parkville are underway and preliminary works on the remaining scope are underway. Main construction work is anticipated to commence in 2018, the tunnel boring will commence in 2019 and complete by 2026.


The project involves the construction of twin 9km rail tunnels from South Kensington to South Yarra in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The US$8,700 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of underground rail tunnels

2. Construction of five underground stations

3. Construction of ticket halls

4. Construction of waiting rooms

5. Construction of restaurants and shops

6. Construction of stabling yards

7. Construction of a train maintenance facility

8. Construction of parking spaces

9. Construction of two simulators

10. laying of over head cables

11. Installation of power infrastructure

12. Installation of elevators and safety systems

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