Victoria’s highest priority infrastructure project, the Metro Tunnel, is expected to create 7,000 jobs at peak construction Victorians Premier Daniel Andrews announced yesterday, stating,
“The Metro Tunnel is the biggest ever public transport project ever built in Victoria, and it will need a record number of Victorian workers and businesses to get the job done.”
This news comes on the back of last weeks announcement that Lendlease had been awarded a $6 billion contract to construct the Metro Tunnel.
The 7,000 jobs (which is 2,000 more than was originally predicted) includes 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets working as part of the Tunnels and Stations package. Marsha Thomson, Member for Footscray, spoke about the significant opportunity the Metro Tunnel represented to young people,
“The Metro Tunnel will give hundreds of young Victorians and people re-skilling a start in their new career, giving them the skills and experience they need.”
Furthermore, a significant amount of these jobs will be created across the supply chain of businesses supplying the Metro Tunnel. In fact, more than 88 percent of the materials used to build the new tunnels and underground stations will be sourced locally, including 93 percent local steel.
65 percent of the project will be delivered by small and medium sized businesses. This includes building a new precast concrete factory in Melbourne’s west which will produce thousands of precast concrete segments to line the Metro Tunnel.
This project is expected to be completed in 2026 which means these jobs will remain in the pipeline for almost a decade, signalling good times for Victorian construction.
The Metro Tunnel will be excavated using four Tunnel Boring Machines which will be up to 1oo metres long and weigh up to 1000 tonnes. It is expected that the diameter of these machines will be 7 metres.
Metro Tunnel Facts
Project Infrastructure: Twin 9km tunnels, 5 new underground stations
Total Project Cost: $11 Billion
Jobs Created: 7000
Owner: Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
Capacity: 39,000 extra passengers during peak periods