Australia: Testing Underway in Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel

The Government of Victoria has confirmed that testing is now underway within Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel.

In July, the first two High Capacity Metro Trains entered the twin 9-kilometre tunnels at South Yarra and travelled 1.7 kilometres to Anzac Station.

Rolling stock testing is now underway in Melbourne's Metro Tunnel
Rolling stock testing is now underway in Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel

Over the coming months, the trains will complete a series of tests between the project’s five stations.

Initially, the crew will test fundamentals such as lining the trains up with the platforms.

Testing will then gradually increase in complexity, from one train at low speed using minimal power through to multiple trains travelling at greater speeds.

In addition, various equipment and systems will be tested throughout this period to ensure the Metro Tunnel is safe and ready to open to passengers in 2025.

Once operational, the Metro Tunnel will significantly cut travel times and increase capacity for more than half a million more passengers a week during peak times across Melbourne’s train network.

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