The Victorian Government has released the $6 billion ‘Tunnel and Stations’ PPP contract, which reveals the Metro Tunnel will be complete by 2025, a year ahead of schedule.

Final contracts were signed in December 2017 with the Cross Yarra Partnership – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital.

The contract outlines that tunnels and stations will be complete in September 2024, which will allow the track and signalling work to connect the tunnels to the existing rail corridors to be complete by the end of 2025.

Whilst the project is ahead of schedule, there will be challenges to be managed to ensure the project is completed safely and on time.

The Metro Tunnel will untangle the City Loop by taking three of Melbourne’s busiest train lines – Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury – out of the Loop and running them through the new tunnel, creating space for more trains, more often across the network. 

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