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Tunnelling on some sections of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel is running up to seven months late, with one tunnel-boring machine now on its way to the State Library station scheduled to have arrived two months ago.
A new government document leaked to The Age reveals the project's tunnel-boring machines started operating three months later than a schedule outlined in the original $6 billion Tunnel and Stations public-private partnership deal, signed in 2017.
Premier Daniel Andrews underground at the State Library station last week.CREDIT:JASON SOUTH
A confidential state government review of the Cross Yarra Partnership Consortium's (CYP) September 2019 draft program reveals the Andrews government pressured the consortium to deliver the project on time after CYP warned of a 15- to 18-month delay.
The consortium had forecast a $3.3 billion cost blowout months before it switched off the project's tunnelling machines in a public demand for more cash, according to separate internal government documents exposed by The Age last week.
CYP also tried to secure $300 million in extra profit on the project's blown-out costs, increasing its $500 million profit by more than 56 per cent, the documents revealed.
Setbacks in the project's tunnelling schedule contributed to the projected time overruns, including a three-month delay in concrete segment production and delays in building a concrete base at Arden station, the fresh Rail Project Victoria (RPV) document reveals.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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