The Victorian Government has commenced 2019 with major construction work to prepare for the Metro Tunnel and a new fleet of High Capacity Metro Trains.

The continued construction work on the Metro Tunnel has been coordinated to coincide with an upgrade of power, signalling and communications on Melbourne’s train network in preparation for the government’s new fleet of bigger trains, set to arrive later in 2019.

Acting Premier of Victoria, Tim Pallas, said, “This is part of the biggest infrastructure program our state has ever seen. We’re not just building the rail and road projects that will get people where they need to go sooner, we’re creating thousands of jobs.”

These works are designed to create more capacity along Melbourne’s busiest train line and improve reliability for passengers, particularly on the shared section with V/Line trains to and from Gippsland.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne, said these works “will deliver more reliable services and pave the way for the Metro Tunnel”.

In addition to the works on the public transport network, the government’s $131 million duplication of Yan Yean Road continues.

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