Melbourne Metro Rail Project to offer students and staff new links to Victoria’s railways

March 16 / 177

Planning and early investigation work for the Victorian Government’s $11 billion Metro Rail Tunnel project is well underway along the Grattan Street border of our main campus.

It is claimed to be the biggest public transport infrastructure project in Australia and the biggest overhaul of Victoria’s public transport system since the City Loop was completed in 1985.

Construction is expected to commence in early 2018 and when complete it will connect Sunbury in the west with Cranbourne-Pakenham in the east by rail for the first time. It will feature two nine kilometre underground tunnels from South Kensington to South Yarra and five new, underground stations, including one right out the front of the University on Grattan Street.

The new underground station will offer our students and staff new commuting options and service the busy health and research precinct bordering the University.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan has said Melbourne Metro Rail will return up to $1.50 for every dollar invested, generate 4700 jobs during peak construction and create space for nearly 40,000 extra passengers every morning and evening peak.

“Once completed in 2026, the project will deliver fantastic benefits for all our students and staff, making access easier for everyone,” says the University’s newly appointed Project Director for the Melbourne Metro Rail project, Christine Whelehan.

“Without a doubt though, it will have impacts on our students and staff during construction,” she says.

“My job is obviously to ensure the right strategies are in place to minimise and mitigate disruption and more importantly, to ensure the University’s interests are thought about and protected from the outset.”

Ms Whelehan is currently consulting with senior leaders across the University on how to align any opportunities the project presents with our Growing Esteem strategy.

She says staff and students may have noticed small drilling rigs and work crews to the south of Grattan Street, carrying out early investigations into soil types, potential for ground movement and location of any essential services that will need to be moved to make way for the tunnels. Other site investigations will assess the impacts of noise, vibration, and electro-magnetic interference on sensitive equipment.

“From our end, we’ll be following progress on the project very closely and reporting back regularly to keep the community informed. In fact we’re looking forward to formally responding to the mid-year Environmental Effects Statement process – or the EES as it’s known - to ensure any impact on our research equipment, safety of our community and campus amenity is taken into consideration.

“Any member of the public can submit feedback about the project and its impacts during the 30-day consultation period of the EES. We will certainly remind the University community about this opportunity closer to the date,” she said.

For general information about the project click here 

For more information about the EES process click here

For University enquiries contact Christine Whelehan 

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