As part of the Metro Tunnel project, the Victorian government has constructed an $18 million purpose-built factory to produce concrete segments to line the walls of the tunnel.
The segment manufacturing facility can produce roughly 150 curved segments each day, at a rate of one every seven minutes.
The plant employs 70 people, many of whom previously worked in Victoria’s auto manufacturing industry.
“This huge factory is building the future of our train network and creating Victorian jobs,” said Premier, Daniel Andrews.
With tunnelling for the North Melbourne station beginning this week, the concrete manufacturing plant has already produced 3,500, 4.5 tonne segments.
Over the life of the Metro Tunnel, the facility will have produced over 56,00 segments, which will form 9,300 rings that structure the walls of the Metro tunnel.
With more infrastructure projects on the horizon, the facility is training the workers who will build the major projects the Victorian government has planned for Melbourne and the state.
“We’re ensuring our record pipeline of major transport projects delivers skills and opportunities to Victorians,” said Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan.
The plant is located in the western suburbs of Melbourne, in Deer Park.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a jobs-boon for our community – giving local workers a chance to gain invaluable skills and experience, and boosting local businesses in Deer Park and across Melbourne’s west,” said member for Kororoit, Marlene Kairouz.