French contractor Bouygues Construction is part of a consortium selected to undertake tunnelling work on the new Melbourne Metro project in Australia.

Rendering of a proposed melbourne metro platform

Rendering of a proposed melbourne metro platform

Along with Bouygues, the Cross Yarra Partnership comprises Lendlease Engineering, John Holland and Capella Capital, and will undertake design and build work on the $4.75 billion transit system.

The group will use up to six tunnel boring machines for the 9 km of Metro tunnels, as well as excavating three shafts, to a depth of 11 storeys.

The public-private-partnership Melbourne Metro project will include the building of five new underground stations, with the line expected to free up space to run more trains across the city.

Being reported as the biggest public transport project in the history of the state of Victoria, the state’s Premier, Daniel Andrews, said, “We don’t just talk about it – we’re building the train network Victoria needs and creating thousands of local jobs.”

The Bouygues group beat two other consortia to the metro contract, one comprising Acciona Infrastructure, Ferrovial Agroman, Honeywell, Downer EDI and Plenary Origination; the other comprising Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, Ghella, Salini Impregilo, Serco and Macquarie Capital.

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