Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday said that the consortium selected to build the new Melbourne Metro had the best designs and met the government’s local content targets.
“We set a local content target in excess of 80 per cent, and under this preferred bid it will be 85 cents in every dollar for local firms,” Mr Andrews told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.
The project building five new underground stations and twin nine kilometre tunnels will create more than 5000 jobs, including apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.
It will include two entrances at City Square, and at Swanston Street, Flinders Street, Federation Square, Franklin Street and La Trobe Street and a new entrance in Parkville on the doorstep of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Construction will get underway in 2017. It is expected to disrupt the city for the next decade and is due to be completed in 2026.
Significantly, Lendlease, Capella and Bouygues were part of the consortium for the highly-contentious East West Link motorway in 2014 which was dumped when the Andrews government took office.
“The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often across Melbourne, ” Public Transport minister Jacinta Allan said.
“The Metro Tunnel will change Melbourne forever with a world class design that will see new open space, terraced seating and sweeping arches.”