John Holland announces contract award for Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

John Holland today announced that Cross Yarra Partnership has signed a contract with Melbourne Metro Rail Authority to finance, design, construct and maintain the Tunnel and Stations Package for approximately 25 years as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.

The Metro Tunnel will be Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project and Cross Yarra Partnership will deliver twin nine-kilometre tunnels and five new underground stations at North Melbourne (Arden), Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac. John Holland also have the rights to deliver the over-site development at State Library Station.

Cross Yarra Partnership is a consortium of John Holland, Lendlease, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital.

Chief Executive Officer, Joe Barr, said the project has already kicked off an exciting process of urban renewal for inner-Melbourne.

“This is an amazing project and we can’t wait to deliver it for the people of Melbourne,” he said.

“There will be revitalised open space above ground at all stations and additional entrances to reduce crowding on CBD streets. By enabling more workers easy access to the busy city area, the benefits will flow to businesses, employees, and the economy at large.”

Executive General Manager VIC, Trevor Hall, said the Tunnels and Stations Package will create more than 5,000 jobs.

“This is an exciting time for the construction industry in Melbourne. We’re creating thousands of jobs as part of the Metro Tunnel and recruitment is already underway -  including for apprentices and trainees. In addition, 65% of the project will be delivered by small and medium sized businesses,” he said.

Cross Yarra Partnership was announced as the preferred tenderer for the $6 billion Tunnel and Stations Public Private Partnership in July 2017.

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