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THE Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel will create 2000 more jobs than expected, Premier Daniel Andrews has declared.
About 7000 people are expected to work on the $11 billion rail tunnel, which is due for completion in 2026.
Visiting Spotswood’s rail centre this morning, Premier Daniel Andrews also revealed more than 88 per cent of the material used on the project will be sourced locally in a “fantastic local content outcome”.
Early works on the Metro Tunnel have already begun and major construction will kick off next year.
Three of the four major contracts have already been awarded or a preferred bidder has been chosen and expressions of interest will this week be out for the last package of work.
A new pre-cast factory will also be established in Melbourne’s west, which the government said would ensure more Victorians could benefit from the jobs created, including ex-automotive workers from Ballarat and Geelong.
An artists' impression of how Melbourne Metro station CBD South would look like.Mr Andrews said the increase in jobs on the project — which was originally estimated to create at least 5000 — would not increase the total cost of $11 billion.
“This is the biggest public transport project our state has ever seen and one of the biggest infrastructure projects any where across our nation,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s a big project in terms of budget, it’s a big project in terms of the disruption it will cause, it’s a big project in terms of the benefits it will deliver for the travelling public for many decades to come.
“The other way to measure this project is the number of jobs it is going to create and has already started to create – there is already 1000 people working on this important Metro Tunnel project.”
Mr Andrews did not rule another big major rail project announcement after next year’s election, saying: “I’m all about delivering on the commitments I make, and if we exceed those, we do a bit of that as well.”
Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson said: “The Metro Tunnel will give hundreds of young Victorians and people re-skilling a start in their new career, giving them the skills and experience they need.
“It’s a massive win for jobs and passengers in Melbourne’s west, and across the state.”
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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