Tunnelling under the Yarra River announcement
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Tunnelling under the Yarra River announcement

October 10, 2019

[Title: Melbourne Metro Rail Project – Yarra River Tunnels Announcement – State Government Victoria] Daniel Andrews – Premier of Victoria [Title: Melbourne Metro Rail Project – Yarra
River Tunnels Announcement – State Government I’m very pleased to be able to report significant progress on the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, a project that’s going to transform our public transport system and protect the liveability and the quality of life of our city. [Vision: Melbourne Metro Alignment map]
[Vision: Melbourne city] [Daniel Andrews speaking]
It’s going to play a really big part in keeping Melbourne, the world’s most liveable
city. [Vision: Yarra River picture and real view]
We will tunnel underneath the Yarra. [Vision: Artists impression of Yarra River
and where tunnel will be; artist’s impression of North Station]
The total depth will be at about 11 metres, a project that has five new stations, nine
kilometres of track and what’s more the capacity to carry 20,000 extra passengers
every hour. [Vision: Passengers entering station]
[Daniel Andrews speaking] So there is $4½ billion committed right now
to this important project. [Daniel Andrews speaking]
[Vision: Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan holding photo of proposed tunnel]
We’re not wasting a moment in building a much better public transport system for Melbourne
and for Victoria. [Vision: View of Yarra River]
[Daniel Andrews speaking] The decisions that have been made in terms
of going underneath the Yarra with tunnel boring machines – very little impact.
[Vision: Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan holding photo of proposed tunnel]
Jacinta Allan – Minister for Public Transport Crossing the Yarra is one of the more complex
parts of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project which is obviously a massive project with
the construction of twin nine kilometre tunnels along the route.
[Vision: Artist’s impression of train; overview of New Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnels; Swanston
St/Flinders Lane signpost] The Yarra is at about three to four metres
in depth at this point. [Vision: Melbourne Metro Rail Project Site
Investigations sign] The tunnels will sit seven metres below that.
[Vision: Machinery and workers on site] That approach has really been identified as
the preferred approach in this instance because it does minimise the disruption above ground
as much as possible. [Jacinta Allan speaking and Daniel Andrews
and Jacinta Allan overseeing works; passengers entering station]
[Jacinta Allan speaking] The consultation part, the going out and talking
to people is a key part of the work that the Melbourne Metro Authority are doing, as well
as getting on with finalising the business case which will be done at the end of the
year, and really drilling down and identifying how to deal with this complex project.
[Vision: Tunnel boring machines have specialised cutting heads designed to grind through soil
and rock; artist’s impression of train using tunnel]
But an exciting project that will involve, which I’m sure will have everyone very interested,
the tunnel boring machines going under the Yarra to complete this very exciting project
that will transform Melbourne’s and Victoria’s public transport system.
[Vision: Train and train station; cut through view of train line; artist’s impression
of Arden Station] [Daniel Andrews speaking]
There’s a big knot at the centre of the system at the moment, and that’s the current
loop, to effectively double the city loop, those five new station precincts, those 20,000
extra passengers being able to move every hour of the peak, this is going to be a much
better public transport system. [Vision: Artist’s impression of Domain Station
and cut through vision; Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan at Yarra River and city]
[Daniel Andrews speaking] And frankly it’s the world’s most liveable
city should aspire to. The scale of this is huge. It’s what all the great cities of
the world are doing. And it’s what our great city, the greatest city, Melbourne should
be doing. [Melbourne Metro Rail – mmrailproject.vic.gov.au]
[State Government Victoria] [Speaker: Authorised by the Victorian Government,
1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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