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Metro Tunnel

Works taking place in North Melbourne in 2017

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.

Map of Arden site establishment in 2017 

What we are doing

Site mobilisation

Establishing a temporary site compound to support construction activities. The compound will be used as a temporary site office for staff during standard working hours only.

Installing temporary fencing for safety and security around the site.


Staged demolition of vacant buildings within the Government-owned land in Arden using machinery such as large cranes and excavators.

Ensuring the safe removal of any asbestos contained within these buildings prior to demolition (surrounding businesses and community will be notified separately in advance of asbestos removal).

Tree removal

Staged removal of trees to facilitate construction of the new Arden Station using chainsaws, excavators and boom lifts to complete the removal.

Service relocations

A number of services need to be relocated to ensure the area is clear before construction commences on Arden Station. This will involve:

  • Relocating power lines on Queensberry Street, Laurens Street and within the construction site
  • Installing a new drainage line within the construction site. This work will be undertaken using open-cut trenching
  • Reconfiguration of in ground power conduits located in Barwise Street.

These works will be undertaken in stages to minimise impact to surrounding businesses, residents and to ensure service continuity. Any required service disruptions will be managed in consultation with stakeholders to ensure continuity of supply. The vast majority of works to complete the service relocations will be undertaken within the Arden Station construction site.

What to be aware of

Site mobilisation

Generally, staff will enter and exit the Arden site during normal construction hours.


  • Temporary fencing will be installed around the work sites to ensure the safety of the community.
  • On-site staff parking will be provided to minimise impacts on public car parking
  • Impacts from noise, dust and vibration will be managed in accordance with the Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs)
  • Traffic management measures may be required to ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians and maintain flow of traffic
  • Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions required.

Tree removal

Pre-clear surveys will be undertaken to identify any fauna present in trees and buildings prior to removal, and appropriate management strategies put in place.

The river red gum tree on Laurens Street (near Boral) is not being removed.

We will replant at least two trees for every tree removed for construction of the Metro Tunnel to enhance long term canopy cover across the Metro Tunnel Project.

Traffic changes

In order to undertake these works, there will be changes to traffic arrangements on some local streets from mid-2017, including:

  • Lane closures and/or shuttle flow on Laurens Street to relocate power lines and facilitate safe access for over-sized vehicles
  • Temporary changes to the pedestrian path on Laurens Street during demolition and service relocations (detours will be in place)
  • Temporary restrictions of parking and shuttle flow on Barwise Street to facilitate the reconfiguration of in ground power conduits. Access to Barwise Street will be maintained, although temporary changes to traffic arrangements will be required

Traffic management will be in place during construction to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure the safety of work crews, cyclists and pedestrians.


These works will take place during standard working hours:

  • 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am – 1pm, Saturday

Site mobilisation and occupation

From Wednesday 12 April to November 2017


From Thursday 20 April to July 2017

Tree removal

From Thursday 20 April to June 2017

We will notify residents and businesses if there are any significant changes to the program.

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