Work is expected to start in the coming month

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A Keller joint venture has snagged a £113m contract as part of a multi-billion pound rail project in Australia.

The A$11bn (£6.2bn) Metro Tunnel Project in Melbourne is set to see the creation of a second underground train route through the central business district and the creation of five new underground stations.

The team carrying out the job will be a 50:50 joint venture between Keller and ground engineering and foundation works specialist Intrafor, which is part of Bouygues Construction.

A consortium made up of Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital won the the A$6bn (£3.4bn) tunnel and stations package in July last year.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was added to the consortium last year to support existing partners, local practice Hassell and Weston Williamson in delivering the architectural design of the five new stations.

Keller and Intrafor will be responsible for the construction of substructure retention walls and foundation piling for the stations. Keller and Intrafor also provided early technical advice.

The JV is set to start work this month, with the majority of JV’s packaged expected to be finished in mid-2019. But it is anticipated that some work will continue into 2020.

The new metro will deliver twin 9km tunnels and is due to open by 2025.