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COMMUTERS are in line for more pain from next month with work on the $11 billion Melbourne Metro project beginning and the Swanston St square closing for several years.
Regional train lines and trams will also be affected by a construction blitz across the state.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan this morning announced extensive geotechnical investigations were now complete on the Melbourne Metro tunnel project with nearly 10 kilometres of soil and rock samples collected.
An artists' impression of how Melbourne Metro station CBD South would look like. Rail tunnel.The samples — which were collected by drilling more than 270 boreholes up to 50 metres deep — show that sedimentary rock beneath the city was formed between 416 million and 440 million years ago.
Mr Andrews said major work would ramp up next month now that the geotechnical investigations were complete.
This will include surrounding City Square with hoarding and closing the area for several years while a new underground station is built.
Construction will also ramp up at Franklin and A’Beckett streets next month, and in and around St Kilda Rd at Domain.
Plan for the proposed Melbourne metro 'new generation' rail tunnel released in a report by Sir Rod Eddington.“Melbourne needs the Metro Tunnel and we’re getting on with it,” Mr Andrews said.
“Geotechnical investigation is now complete and major work about to start.
“This project will create thousands of local jobs and free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often across Melbourne.”
The works will coincide with construction work on rail lines across the state which will affect services on the Cranbourne, Craigieburn, Frankston, Pakenham, Sandringham and South Morang lines.
Evan Tattersall, Chief Executive Officer Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, on Flinders st Station Picture: Mark WilsonThere will also be disruptions to a number of regional lines including the Geelong and Warrnambool lines which will close mid-April to make way for $4.4 million of track and signalling works.
Trams on routes 8, 12, 78 and 109 will also be affected from next month.
Ms Allan said the works were building a better transport system to get commuters home sooner and the disruption “will be worth it”.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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