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Metro Tunnel

Construction in Melbourne CBD

Two new CBD stations will include direct underground connections to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations, allowing passengers to easily transfer between Metro Tunnel and City Loop services.

Current work notifications

Start dateWhere What is happening?

25 September

Franklin Street

Franklin Street east bound road repair, asphalt and line marking work. This work will require an eastbound lane closure of Franklin Street between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street between 10pm and 5am.

18 September

Swanston Street and La Trobe Street

Building demolition. For more information see:

Note: night works originally scheduled to commence on the evening of Sunday 10 September, will now commence Monday 18 September.


Stewart and A'Beckett Streets

Piling works, installing monitoring devices, and roads and pedestrian changes

More information: Works underway in Franklin and A'Beckett Streets


Franklin Street

Service relocations underway at the Franklin Street site between Victoria Street and Swanston Street.

Works will occur in the evening from 3pm to Midnight.

More information: Works underway in Franklin and A'Beckett Streets

15 July 2017


City Square

Works are underway in City Square to clear the space prior to demolition of the City Square carpark and shaft excavation. This includes:

  • From August trucks will enter and exit the site from Collins Street as well as Flinders Lane
  • Service investigations and relocations
  • Excavations

Overview of current works

Current works in the CBD include site establishment, tree and vegetation removal, relocation and protection of underground utility services such as water, gas, power and telecommunications and shaft construction for the new underground stations.

About the new stations

The two new CBD stations will be located underneath Swanston Street at each end of the city:

  • CBD North under Swanston Street, between La Trobe Street and Franklin Street
  • CBD South under Swanston Street, between Flinders Street and Collins Street.

The new stations will more evenly distribute passenger flow and interchange movements in the inner core of Melbourne's rail network. Read more about the CBD stations.

To keep Swanston Street open and trams running while the Metro Tunnel is built, access shafts up to 11 storeys deep are being dug adjacent to Swanston Street at City Square, Franklin Street, A'Beckett Street and behind Young and Jackson Hotel.

Due to ground conditions and the number of building basements and foundations in the area, a mined tunnel will see the use of road header machines to excavate the tunnels and station caverns. Read more about building the CBD stations.

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