Roadheaders are being prepared ready to be lowered into place for the start of tunnelling for a new underground station in central Melbourne, Australia.
Two streets in the central business district (CBD) were closed yesterday, and will remain so for many years, to enable construction of the new CBD North Station as part of the AU$10.9bn (£6.76bn) Metro Tunnel.
Construction crews will dig down 11 storeys below the ground to construct the new CBD North Station. It will be linked directly to Melbourne Central Station, providing a seamless interchange between the new Metro Tunnel, the City Loop and the rest of the network.
“This is the start of major disruptions for this massive project, which will bring decades of benefits for Melbourne,” said acting minister for public transport Jaala Pulford. “The Metro Tunnel is being built in the heart of the city, but it’s a project for all of Victoria – enabling more trains, more often right across Melbourne.”