Watch: Alice breaks through at South Yarra

The twin eastern tunnels between Anzac Station and South Yarra are now complete, with the second tunnel boring machine (TBM), named after wartime medical hero Alice Appleford, breaking through into the South Yarra cavern on Saturday.

With this section of the tunnel now completed, the TBMs will be transported back through the tunnel and begin digging towards the CBD with their cutterheads transported above ground.

Once reunited, the TBMs will be reassembled and then launched towards the future Town Hall station.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said that the project was making significant strides.

“This is yet another milestone on this huge project, which will create room for more trains, more often and continues to support hundreds of jobs.”

On the western approach to the Metro Tunnel, TBMs Joan and Meg are also on their way to the CBD, heading south from the site of the future Parkville station towards the State Library before they finish their journey at Town Hall Station.

With all TBMs converging on the CBD, over half of the tunnelling has been completed. Over 31,000 concrete segments have been installed to form the rings lining the tunnels and 371,000 cubic metres of rock and soil have been removed.

While the TBMs continue their work, the construction of the entrances to the tunnels is progressing. At South Yarra, the base slab for the entrance has been poured and crews are working on the internal walls.

At all sites, workers are continuing to follow COVID-19 health guidelines, which can ensure the project continues while Melbourne remains under lockdown.

“Workers on the Metro Tunnel Project have done a fantastic job to keep this project pushing ahead while taking the greatest care with their own health and safety,” said Allan.

Once complete, the twin tunnels will increase capacity through the core of the Melbourne network by providing new stations and more trains.

Watch footage of the breakthrough of TBM Alice below.


Footage of motorists flouting level crossing warnings released

Transport for NSW has released footage of motorists crossing rail lines as trains are moving at Port Kembla.

The vision comes from the Old Port Road level crossing, which is regularly used by freight trains carrying goods from the Port Kembla steelworks and industrial areas.

In the CCTV clips, cars can be seen crossing the tracks while trains are moving towards the crossing, ignoring the flashing red lights. In one incident, a waiting vehicle overtakes the vehicle in front of it across double lines as a train is beginning to enter the crossing.

Police will be targeting the crossing to ensure no incidents occur.

The weight and speed of trains means that motorists will come off worse, and Transport for NSW deputy secretary for safety, environment and regulation Tara McCarthy said that motorists needed to pay attention.

“Trains can travel at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour and can take up to one-and-a-half kilometres to come to a complete stop,” she said.

“That means that by the time they see you, it’s often too late. Signs, flashing lights, boom gates and road markings are at level crossings for a good reason, and drivers, riders and pedestrians need to pay attention.”

Motorists also need to consider the impact of a collision or close call on those manning the trains.

“We all have a duty of care when driving, not only for ourselves, passengers and other road users, but also for train passengers and crew,” said McCarthy.

The penalty from crossing a level crossing at the wrong time can include three demerit points and a $464 fine. Acting superintendent Ben Macfarlane from traffic and highway patrol said NSW police would be enforcing these penalties.

“We will be looking out for speeding and distracted drivers near these level crossings and those who disregard flashing lights and stop signs. The consequences of a car or truck hitting a train are severe so don’t rush to the other side,” he said.

Watch footage of the incidents below:

Watch: Footbridge removed in 47 hours for station construction

47 hours of continuous work has removed a pedestrian footbridge in the Brisbane CBD, to make way for the new Roma Street station, part of Cross River Rail.

A works blitz commenced at 7pm on Friday, March 27, and by Monday, March 30, the six metre above ground concrete bridge was gone, replaced with a pedestrian crossing.

The 30m-long bridge, built in 1986, was structurally attached to the Brisbane Transit Centre, which is being demolished.

The machinery involved in the demolition included a 47-tonne excavator with mechanical pulveriser, a 20 tonne excavator with hammer, a High Reach demolition rig with Hammer, an 80t Grove mobile all terrain crane and a 25t franna crane.

CEO of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Graeme Newtown, said that every precaution was taken to ensure that construction for the Cross River Rail Project continues.

“Our safety measures ensure we keep this project working, and this is vitally important given the project employs almost 1,800 workers across eight work sites and injects over $2.8 million per day into our economy,” he said.

“This is another example, of safe and well-executed work to keep our project moving.”

The bridge was closed on Monday, January 13 and prior to the demolition information was distributed to local residents and businesses and commuters who use the Brisbane Transit Centre. The footbridge is located in a busy area of the CBD through which 3,500 pedestrians and 3,00 vehicles pass on a combined average weekday morning and afternoon peak.

A new pedestrian crossing needed to be established quickly for the approximately 2,500 people who cross from Hershel to Roma Street in both directions during an am and pm peak.