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Metro Tunnel has had its first major breakthrough with three roadheaders having met 30m underground connecting the two excavated caverns which will become the State Library Station.
More than 20 per cent of State Library Station has been dug out so far, to form station caverns and underground passenger connections under Swanston Street.
Over half a million tonnes of material will be excavated, with 1,500 tonnes of rock and soil removed every 24 hours. Excavation is expected to be finished by late-2020.
Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister, Jacinta Allan, said, “It’s a huge milestone for the multi-billion-dollar Andrews Labor Government project and signifies months of around-the-clock excavation by the three machines – known as roadheaders.”
Seven roadheaders will be used in the CBD as part of the project – four for State Library Station and three for Town Hall Station. Each weighs 118-tonnes, is 15m long and is lowered underground in separate pieces, before being re-assembled underground.
As construction continues on the Metro Tunnel, Melbourne-based TTM Rail has been awarded the $1.6 million contract to fit out two X’Trapolis trains for High Capacity Signalling (HCS) to be tested on the Mernda Line.
This article first appeared on infrastructuremagazine.com.au
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