A new video illustrating how Australia’s Metro Tunnel project will transform public transport in Melbourne has been released by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority.
The AUD$10.9bn (£6.8bn) Metro Tunnel will provide a new way for commuters to travel underground through Melbourne, adding capacity to the city’s tram network.
The project also includes the construction of new tram connections, catering for growing demand in the Docklands precinct and northern and western suburbs.
“Metro Tunnel will relieve the pressure on the busiest tram route in the world by providing turn-up-and-go train services under Swanston Street from Domain to Parkville,” said Australia’s minister for public transport Jacinta Allan.
“New connections in South Yarra, South Melbourne and the CBD [central business district] will enable trams to fan out across the city to where they are needed most in the future.”
Major construction works are expected to start in 2017.