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NEVER SEEN BEFORE VIEW AS METRO DIGS DEEPER

Breakthrough ... and an elevator shaft dug from the site of Sydney Metro's new station at Martin Place to the busy street above, has provided a rare glance of Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, Centrepoint Tower. Martin Place Station is being transformed as part of Sydney Metro's multibillion-dollar City & Southwest project which will extend metro rail from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour, through the CBD and west to Bankstown by 2024.
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NEVER SEEN BEFORE VIEW AS METRO DIGS DEEPER

Sydney Metro construction work deep under the city has revealed a view of Sydney never seen before.

Workers have finished digging a 19 metre long escalator tunnel to create one of the entrances to the new Martin Place metro station.

Excavation work continues to make way for Martin Place Station which is an underground station, about 25 (north end) and 27 (south end) metres below ground level, located in Sydney’s CBD. The station is integrated with the original Martin Place Station and serves Sydney’s high-end commercial and financial district, the Macquarie Street precinct and the Pitt Street retail zone.

 

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the milestone has exposed a view of Sydney Tower and the MLC Centre – from 19 metres deep under Martin Place.

“We’re getting on with the job of delivering Sydney Metro through the city as quickly as possible. This completed entrance tunnel is a visible reminder that a new generation of fast, safe and reliable driverless metro trains are on their way to more of Sydney,” Mr Constance said.

It took about seven weeks to excavate the 19 metre deep tunnel, which will house four escalators as customers travel to the new underground metro station.

The tunnel was built under the historic 50 Martin Place building, navigating the basement of the heritage-listed structure.

More than 2,000 tonnes of crushed rock was removed and 700 tonnes of shotcrete used to line the tunnel.

The tunnel is now being waterproofed and lined with concrete.

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