ACCIONA has been selected by the Victorian Government to deliver the first major tunnelling package on the Suburban Rail Loop East project, as part of the Suburban Connect consortium, alongside CPB Contractors and Ghella.

ACCIONA’s Chief Executive Officer Australia & New Zealand, Bede Noonan, said “Our business has been successfully developing, delivering, constructing, and maintaining major complex projects for over 100 years in Australia. We are proud to be playing our part, alongside CPB Contractors and Ghella, to continue to enhance the lives of the people of Melbourne through sustainable infrastructure solutions.”

The package will construct a 16-kilometre section of the project’s 26-kilometre twin tunnels, including tunnelling between Cheltenham and Glen Waverley, two new underground station boxes and construction works at the Southern Stabling Yard, the critical first step in the city’s public transport network transformation.

Jacinta Allan, Minister for Suburban Rail Loop, said “SRL will not only transform our public transport network, it’ll reshape how Melbourne grows in the decades ahead – taking thousands of cars off roads, delivering 24,000 jobs across the life of the project and boosting hundreds of small local businesses.”

The contract is expected to be awarded later this year.