Jobs boom for Melbourne's Metro Tunnel

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says Melbourne's Metro Tunnel rail project will create 7000 jobs. (AAP)

Melbourne's Metro Tunnel rail project will create 7000 jobs, 2000 more than originally predicted, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Melbourne's massive Metro Tunnel rail project will create nearly 7000 jobs in Victoria at the peak of construction, 2000 more than originally predicted.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the extra jobs, which will include 500 apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets, at a press conference on Sunday.

The project creates five new underground stations, with two new city stations directly connected to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central, easing the City Loop bottleneck.

Sunday's announcement of extra jobs comes after three of the project packages were awarded or have been whittled down to the final preferred bidder.

The expression of interest for the fourth and final package has also been released.

"This is such a big project, it's slated to be completed by 2026, so it's a long pipeline of work," Mr Andrews told reporters at the John Holland Rail Centre in Spotswood.

The government has pledged to have at least 88 per cent of materials used for the project sourced from Australia, including 93 per cent Australian steel.

Small and medium businesses will also get 65 per cent of the work, Mr Andrews said.

"It's also about sharing the benefits of this projects, and so many others, across the whole market," he said.

New pre-cast concrete factories will also have to be created, one in Melbourne's west and another in regional Victoria.

Source AAP

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