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Metro Tunnel

11 Dec 2019

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New road alignment on St Kilda Rd

It can’t be seen from the road, but 22 metres beneath St Kilda Rd the new Anzac Station is fast taking shape.

Over the past year, crews have been busy building the station box, including pouring the base concrete slab at the southern end, while continuing with excavations at the northern end.

Following the realignment of St Kilda Rd and the tram lines in October, construction is now underway on the walls and roof of the middle section of the station box.

This will create the full 300-metre station box under St Kilda Rd, where around 400,000 tonnes of soil will be excavated.

As the excavation works continue, crews will start assembling two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) on site next year.

The Metro Tunnel project’s third TBM, Millie, named after Victoria’s first female MP Millie Peacock, began arriving at the site before Christmas, with pieces of TBM Alice – named after wartime hero Alice Appleford – to arrive in the new year. The TBM parts will be stored on site until assembly starts.

Construction isn’t confined to underground, with the installation of the temporary acoustic shed nearly complete.

This 72-metre-long shed is being built over the site to minimise dust, light and noise during 24-hour tunnelling and excavation works.

Once construction is complete, it will house three gantry cranes that will be used to assemble the TBMs. The TBMs will be launched towards the eastern tunnel entrance in South Yarra next year.

The Metro Tunnel project would like to thank residents and businesses, motorists, commuters and the local community for their patience during 2019, as we deliver a new station to the Domain Precinct.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to achieving more project milestones in the new year.

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