Melbourne's $11 billion Metro Tunnel rail project will create almost 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 additional jobs do not add costs to the project, Mr Andrews said, which involves 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…