The project is being delivered by Cross Yarra Partnership, a consortium of Lendlease, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital and will deliver five new underground stations to be known as North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.
The design for the five stations is a world class collaboration between leading international design practices HASSELL, Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. HASSELL is also leading the design of the public realm surrounding and connecting the five stations.
The five stations maximise public space, natural lights and the latest innovation in station design – each drawing on local character in their design and together transforming the city by improving connectivity across Melbourne and acting as a catalyst for urban renewal.
In a joint statement about the project, the architectural team commented:
"Passenger experience has been at the heart of our design. The stations open up to fresh air and natural light and the underground spaces have a generous civic quality that will feel safe and intuitive to use. But this project isn’t just about adding new stations, it actually creates five extraordinary new public buildings and transformative public places for Melbourne. Together these new places will add a brand new layer to Melbourne, amplifying and connecting to what makes our city one of the world’s most liveable. We’re proud to be part of this project that will help shape the way the city works today, into the next century and beyond and we hope that Melbourne will grow to be proud of the new metro."
The Melbourne Metro Tunnel project also creates the opportunity for significant above ground improvements to the city.
Beyond improving train travel in Melbourne, this project will add new public and green space, improve walkability in the city, and make new connections to unlock the potential of previously underutilised space.
The Metro Tunnel Project is on track to be completed by 2025, a year ahead of schedule, enabling more trains more often across the rail network by freeing up space in the City Loop.