A consortium comprising of John Holland, CPB Contractors and AECOM has been awarded a $1 billion Metro Tunnel contract to deliver the Rail Infrastructure Alliance works package, which includes the construction of the twin tunnel entrances.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan was at the future site of the Parkville Station to announce the major news. The new Parkville Station will connect the health precinct and the University of Melbourne to the metropolitan train network for the first time.
It is expected that over 10,000 people will work on the construction of Parkville Station. Construction is currently focused on creating the underground support structures required to enable the excavation of arounf 200,000 m3 of rock and soil below Grattan Street.
This $1 billion package is the last major contract that will be awarded for the Metro Tunnel project. The consortium of John Holland, CPB Contractors and AECOM will build the tunnel entrances at South Yarra and Kensington which will see thousands of passengers pass through them every hour.
The additional capacity created by the Metro Tunnel will create room for an additional 504,000 peak passengers each week across the network.
Public spaces near the eastern tunnel portal at South Yarra will be rejuvenated as part of the works annd will then be returned to the local community once the works are completed.
The designs of the underground stations were released in late May. Jacinta Allan spoke about the need for the stations to become part of the city's culture, just like the clocks at Flinders Street station.
"They are going to be landmarks in their own right." Ms Allan said.