Students in Glen Waverley have had an exclusive look at what Melbourne is made of – discovering what geotechnical investigations for Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East are revealing about the ground under their feet, as works ramp up on the project.
Glen Waverley Secondary College STEM students had a unique opportunity to look at core soil samples collected on the school grounds and hear first-hand from SRL experts about the city-shaping project - and future career opportunities.
The geotechnical investigations show that under Glen Waverley, the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be tunnelling through siltstone – a sedimentary rock known as the “Anderson Creek Formation”.
More than 800 boreholes have been drilled between Cheltenham and Box Hill in a massive program of works across Melbourne’s east and south-east. These samples – along with 12,000 lab tests – provide vital information about ground conditions and help inform the planning and design of SRL East.
With trains running on SRL East by 2035, it will be faster and easier for future students in Glen Waverley to get to school, and open up more choices for TAFE and university. It will also improve public transport connections to Glen Waverley’s thriving retail, education, and health service offerings.
A trip between the new SRL stations at Glen Waverley and Monash will take under 5 minutes – saving around 40 minutes on return public transport trips.
With SRL, students and locals will enjoy better access to more jobs closer to home in Glen Waverley’s activity centre. Employment in Glen Waverley will boom, with jobs set to more than double once SRL is connected to Melbourne Airport.
Construction on SRL East will kick off this year, creating 800 early direct jobs. Around 14% of total hours worked during the first phase of construction will be completed by Victorian apprentices, trainees or cadets, with opportunities for women, Aboriginal and disadvantaged Victorians.