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Crossrail, a 118 kilometre rail line through London – 21 kilometres of it in underground tunnels – is due to open in December, 11 years after work began.
The Channel Tunnel, a 50 kilometre rail tunnel beneath the English Channel linking Britain with northern France was dug in six years.
It took 11 years to complete London's mammoth Crossrail project.
Photo: BloombergAnd the Gotthard Base Tunnel, a 60-kilometre rail tunnel carved through the Swiss Alps took 17 years to complete.
So why will it take 28 years for a project of a similar scale to be bored beneath suburban Melbourne?
On Tuesday, the Andrews government announced that if it regains power in November's state election, it would build a 90 kilometre orbital rail line.
The $50 billion rail line – "the biggest public transport project in Australian history" – would be mostly underground, linking every major line from Cheltenham to Werribee.
The announcement came three months before the election, although the project itself would take many decades – until 2050 – to complete.
But engineers speaking to The Age suggested that the line, which would include five new stations in public transport-poor areas including Doncaster and at Monash Clayton, could be delivered in about half the projected time, with many suggesting 15 years was possible.
Some ventured 10 years.
‘‘Based on overseas experience, it may be possible to build a project like this within 15 years,’’ said Engineers Australia’s Victorian division president Alesha Printz.
But doing it more quickly would make it more expensive, with Ms Printz saying completing the project in 15 years would see a "cost premium to deliver under fast-tracked methods and contracts’’.
AECOM’s group director of civil infrastructure Mark McManamny said the government could ‘‘accelerate’’ the timeline ‘‘if the growth in our economy and our population demands that’’.
‘‘If they really wanted to push the envelope, you could potentially halve the time of the delivery. But there would be a number of challenges faced in that timeframe, particularly given the committed projects already in the pipeline.’’
‘‘The government has to be really cognisant of the industry’s ability to respond to that level of construction in such a short term.’’
GTA transport consultant Will Fooks, who worked on Crossrail for Transport for London between 2007 and 2011, said a 15-year timeline was achievable but given the scope of the project, speeding up the planning ‘‘would not be prudent’’.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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