The package of works includes the construction of two entrances at each end of the Metro Tunnel in Kensington and South Yarra, a new platform at West Footscray and associated rail upgrades to maximise the benefits of the tunnel.
Turnbacks will be built at West Footscray and Hawksburn stations to allow services to start and end at these stations during timetabled peak periods instead of travelling down the line.
Public spaces near the eastern tunnel entrance will be rejuvenated as part of the works before being returned to the local community.
Around 1000 people will work on the RIA package, including 100 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets.
The RIA has started preparatory works, including geotechnical, service and site investigations ahead of construction of the tunnel entrances.
Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the Metro Tunnel will see more trains running across the city’s rail network to improve reliability and slash travel times to some of Melbourne’s key employment, education, health and tourism destinations.
“The Metro Tunnel will completely transform Melbourne’s rail network, delivering a turn-up-and-go train system that will compare favourably with the great cities of the world,” she said.
CPB Contractors Managing Director Juan Santamaria said the company has a strong presence in Victoria including locally based engineering and technical teams that are transitioning to the Metro Tunnel Project.
“Bringing local knowledge and international experience, we are committed to ensuring all client and community expectations are realised, including local employment and business opportunities and socially inclusive procurement strategies,” he said.
Construction is expected to commence in late 2018 and the majority of RIA works are expected to by the end of 2025.