Engagement with local residents who may be affected by the construction of Melbourne’s new underground rail network will begin this week.
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has sent letters to 21,000 residents and businesses along the alignment of the new nine-kilometre, twin rail tunnels being built as part of the $9-$11 billion project.
The letter invites locals to come to information sessions and find out more about where the tunnel will go, how it may be built, and the planning process that will be undertaken.
The letter is the next step in an extensive consultation process that is being carried out with households and businesses to ensure they understand the project, why it is needed and how it will affect them.
Melbourne Metro Rail Project is the biggest public transport infrastructure project since the City Loop, and its construction will cause significant disruption.
The nature of that disruption will vary widely along the length of the corridor, however, it will include temporary noise and visual impacts during construction, changes to infrastructure close to houses and businesses and, in some cases, acquisition of property.
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will work closely with all affected property owners, traders and residents to ensure they understand the project and the process. Further information sessions and online forums will be held in October and November.
Melbourne Metro Rail Project will transform Melbourne’s public transport network, unlocking capacity in the centre of the train system, creating room for 20,000 extra passengers every hour, every day.
The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with planning and development for this transformative project, with $4.5 billion in funding already secured, almost half the total expected cost.
For more information about Melbourne Metro Rail and upcoming information sessions, visit mmrailproject.vic.gov.au. For updates, subscribe to the Melbourne Metro eNews (via the website) or follow @mmrailproject on Twitter.
Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“Melbourne Metro Rail Project is the biggest public transport infrastructure project since the City Loop, and will cause some disruption to local residents and businesses while it is built.”
“This consultation process is about starting open, honest and respectful conversations with people who may be affected by this critical project.”
“Melbourne needs Melbourne Metro Rail, without it our city will grind to a halt. The previous Liberal Government wasted four years – we’re not wasting a moment.”