Builders shortlisted for Victoria’s SRL East tunnelling works

Three builders have been shortlisted to deliver the SRL East tunnels as part of Victoria’s Suburban Rail Loop major works, a project forecast to create up to 8,000 local jobs.

Following a meticulous Environment Effects Statement (EES) planning process, major works have been approved, with initial works on SRL East already underway.

Three builders have been invited to submit a Request for Proposal – CPB Contractors Pty Limited, Ghella Pty Ltd and Acciona Construction Australia Pty Ltd; John Holland Pty Ltd and Gamuda Berhad trading as Gamuda (Australia) Branch; and Webuild S.p.A and GS Engineering and Construction Australia Pty Ltd.

The SRL East works includes 26km of twin tunnels and 6 new underground stations between Cheltenham and Box Hill, with tunnelling set to begin in 2026. Up to 10 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be used to carve out the twin tunnels.

The tunnelling task will be split into 2 separate contracts, to be awarded from the shortlist, to minimise community disruption. The first will be awarded in 2023 for twin tunnels between Cheltenham and Glen Waverley, and the second is for tunnels between Glen Waverley and Box Hill.

Trains will be running by 2035.

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