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Metro Tunnel

Arden

Arden Station in North Melbourne will trigger significant urban renewal of this inner-city growth area, facilitating the expansion of the central city and future proofing Melbourne's economic prosperity.

Current work notifications

Start date Where What is happening?

15 May 2017

Laurens Street

Service investigations, impacts include:

  • Traffic management measures will be in place
  • We may need to temporarily occupy a limited number of parking spaces on Laurens Street at the works location
  • There will be some noise associated with this activity
  • There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions.

Download notification: Service investigations, Arden (PDF, 621.0 KB)

15 April 2017

Barwise Street, Lauren Street and in the Arden site

Site mobilisation, building demolition, tree removal and service relocations

More information: Works taking place in North Melbourne in 2017

Overview of works in Arden

John Holland has been appointed as the Managing Contractor for this package of works, which includes service relocation, tree and vegetation removal and demolition of existing buildings within Government-owned land in Arden.

How we will build the station

The Metro Tunnel will begin at the Western tunnel entrance passing below Moonee Ponds Creek and CityLink and arriving at Arden Station. From Arden Station, the twin tunnels will pass underneath North Melbourne and continue on to the new station at Parkville.

Construction of the Metro Tunnel in Arden began in May 2017.

Frequently asked questions

Where will the new Arden Station be located?

Arden Station will be located in industrial land in the vicinity of Arden Street and Laurens Street, with the exact location to be determined as part of the detailed planning work for the project.

The station will provide a focus for urban renewal of the Arden Macaulay precinct development in North Melbourne.

It is proposed that Arden Station will initially be accessed from an entry near the corner of Barwise and Laurens streets between Queensberry and Arden streets. This will provide direct access to existing residential, retail and commercial areas east of Laurens Street. There will also be provision for future entrance points at the western end of the station to service the area as it develops.

Why build a new station at Arden?

Arden Station will support the expansion of the central city and provide a focus for the development of a new commercial, residential and activity centre as part of the Victorian Planning Authority's Draft Arden Vision and Framework. The Arden Vision and Framework has been developed by the VPA on behalf of the Victorian Government in partnership with the City of Melbourne.

Arden Station will support job creation in the precinct by improving public transport access to the Arden precinct, an area which has been earmarked for significant urban renewal. Arden is a critical part of the Melbourne Metro underground rail network, and will be used by thousands of people every day.

What will construction of Arden Station involve?

It is proposed that Arden Station be built via a 'cut and cover' method, with the station box excavated from the top down and a roof slab placed over the top of the site. Underground construction activities will take place 24/7 once the roof slab has been installed.

The Arden Station site is also proposed to play a key role in supporting the construction of the western section of the Metro Tunnel. It is proposed that tunnel boring machines will be launched from each end of the station box and head in different direction towards the western tunnel entrance in Kensington and the new Parkville Station respectively.

The site will also house a number of important facilities including site offices, major storage areas, handling of excavated materials and facilities to manufacture tunnel segments for installation along the length of the Metro Tunnel.

How will the project manage air quality in the area?

A number of mitigation measures, or Environmental Performance Requirements (EPR), have been proposed to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in Arden. Contractors responsible for building the new Arden Station will be required to comply with EPRs as well as requirements set out by the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

For example, constructors will be required to undertake monitoring of dust in the area to address air quality requirements for nearby residences and businesses.

How will the project manage truck traffic in the area?

A number of mitigation measures, or Environmental Performance Requirements (EPR), have been proposed to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in Arden. Contractors responsible for building the new Arden Station will be required to comply with EPRs as well as requirements set out by the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

The construction of Arden Station will require changes to local traffic conditions to allow trucks to transport excavated material from site, as well as the use of plant and equipment on-site to construct the station.

Proposed construction traffic routes have been developed for the Arden Station precinct that focus on moving trucks and other construction traffic to CityLink and off local roads as quickly as possible. Potential traffic routes include Laurens, Arden and Dryburgh streets, Dynon Road and Macaulay Road.

The impacts of additional traffic would be minimised through the implementation of a detailed traffic management plan, which would include minimising truck movements during peak periods, where possible.

Temporary traffic and cycling diversions in other nearby streets may also be required to ensure the safety of bike riders.

How will Arden Station integrate with other transport services?

We are working closely with Public Transport Victoria to ensure that the new Arden Station will integrate with the wider public transport network, including nearby trams and buses.

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