CCTV solution sought for Melbourne Metro Tunnel.

MELBOURNE Metro Rail Authority is seeking supply, manufacture and/or installation of CCTV equipment for 18km of rail tunnels and 5 stations which form part of a new rail development known as the PTV Network Development Plan.

The Metro Tunnel includes the construction of twin 9-kilometre rail tunnels between South Kensington station (north west of the Melbourne City Centre) and South Yarra (in the south east) with 5 new underground stations. The southern portal for the tunnel is to be located to the south of South Yarra station. The tunnel will connect the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines with the Sunbury line, and allow these lines to bypass Flinders Street station and the City Loop while still stopping in the Melbourne central business district.

The project will allow for the operational separation of various existing lines and increase the capacity of the rail network to metro-style frequencies. Most of the project would be built as a public-private partnership, with private sector investors funding much of the estimated $9 billion to $11 billion cost. In late 2017, sections of the Melbourne central business district, including City Square and parts of Swanston Street, were closed to enable construction of the tunnel and stations. The project was originally expected to be completed late 2025.

Construction is underway on the new North Melbourne Station which is one of 5 new underground stations being built. Workers have constructed underground walls that will be up to 30m deep and help ensure the safe excavation of 330,000 tonnes of rock and soil. The new North Melbourne Station will then be built within the excavated space, up to 20m below ground and long enough to accommodate platforms over 225m long.

“The start of North Melbourne Station construction marks another major milestone for this mammoth project,” said Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan. “The Metro Tunnel will transform our public transport system by creating space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne.”

The Metro Tunnel CCTV tender closes on December 31, 2018.