Work has begun on Victoria’s biggest public transport project, with the final bids for the Metro Tunnel and five new stations now received.

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Acting Premier, Jacinta Allan, said that the final bids for the $6 billion Tunnel and Stations Public Private Partnership (PPP) have been received, and are being assessed by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.

The bids are from three shortlisted consortia that include some of the biggest construction firms in Australia and around the world.

  • Continuum Victoria – comprising ACCIONA Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination
  • Cross Yarra Partnership – comprising Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital
  • Moving Melbourne Together – comprising Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital

Their proposals include more than 100,000 pages of detailed plans to build the 9km Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.

Early works on the $10.9 billion mega-project have also received formal planning approval, and will ramp up over the coming months.

Piling rigs are now on site at Franklin and A’Beckett Streets, and construction crews will begin driving massive concrete poles deep into the ground. These concrete poles will reinforce the walls of the 35 metre-deep shaft where the new underground station will be built.

Early work will also ramp up at City Square over the coming months to build another underground station, which will have a direct connection to Flinders Street Station, the City Loop and the rest of the train network.

A contract for the PPP is expected to be awarded by the end of 2017, in time for construction on the Tunnels and Stations package to begin in 2018.

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