The $6 billion contract  for the tunnels and stations package of the Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel project has been signed.

The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) consisting of Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital has signed the contract, following the contract award in July 2017 after an extensive competitive process with the world’s most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors.

It’s the biggest contract on the biggest public transport project ever delivered in Victoria and paves the way for major construction on the tunnel and stations to start in 2018.

The final contract has also been signed with CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation to start work on the roll-out of high-capacity signalling on the Metro Tunnel.

The $1.1 billion Rail Systems Alliance will allow trains to safely run closer together, meaning they can run more often – creating a turn-up-and-go train network for Melbourne.

High capacity signalling will mean Victoria’s new fleet of 65 High Capacity Metro Trains will be able to run from Sunbury to Cranbourne and Pakenham and through the Metro Tunnel.

It will be the first time this technology has been rolled out on an existing network in Australia and will allow trains every two to three minutes.

Major works will start in 2018 and the project will be complete by 2026.

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