Metro Tunnel works in City Square are entering the next phase, with piling to get underway to build the new Town Hall Station up to 35 metres beneath Melbourne’s CBD.

Over the coming months, Victorians will be able to watch from the viewing windows on Swanston Street as scores of workers and construction equipment, bore huge support columns into the ground. This will allow deeper digging to safely commence, with Town Hall Station to be built within the excavated space.

The Metro Tunnel is creating thousands of local jobs through initiatives such as the Major Project Skills Guarantee, which has already given the careers of more than 1,200 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets a kick start.

More than 1 million work hours have been completed by the apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets on 52 projects. So far, 110 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets have clocked more than 110,000 hours working on the Metro Tunnel. The five-year project will create 7,000 jobs, including 791 apprentices, trainees and cadets.