Engineering, Passenger Rail

Metro Tunnel builder announced

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has announced the Cross Yarra Partnership consortium to build the Metro Tunnel and five underground stations through the Melbourne CBD.

CYP – a consortium of Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction, and Capella Capital – was named to deliver the $6 billion contract on Sunday.

Premier Andrews said the decision followed an extensive competitive tender process with the world’s most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors. A consortium of Downer, Acciona, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell and Plenary, and a consortium of CPB Contractors, Salini Impregilo, Pacific Partnerships, Ghella, Serco and Macquarie Capital, were shortlisted alongside the CYP consortium in April.

“We’re building the turn-up and go train system Victoria has been waiting for,” Andrews said. “We’ve chosen the design, we’ve chosen the builders and we’re getting on with it. We don’t just talk about it – we’re building the train network Victoria needs and creating thousands of local jobs.”

Andrews says the Tunnels and Stations PPP will create more than 5,000 jobs, including apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.

The contract includes building five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain in Melbourne, along with associated walkways and station entrance infrastructure.

“The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often across Melbourne,” public transport minister Jacinta Allan said.

“The Metro Tunnel will change Melbourne forever with a world class design that will see new open space, terraced seating and sweeping arches.”

The CYP is one of five major packages of work which make up the Metro Tunnel project: The Early Works package was already contracted to John Holland; expressions of interest will be issued to market midway through this year for the Rail Infrastructure works package; bids are under evaluation for the Rail Systems work package, and the Wider Network Enhancements work package is being issued on a case-by-case basis.