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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

TimingWhereWhat is happening?

30 January -10 February

Flinders Lane

Works are underway in City Square to clear and a high level of noise is expected during these works, including the hammering and pulverising to demolish the concrete car park structure.

Daytime closures from 7am - 6pm of Flinders Lane between Russell Street and Swanston Street for removal of debris from the site.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 769.0 KB).

17 - 29 January

Yarra Trail

Installing three groundwater monitoring wells along the Main Yarra Trail, opposite the boat sheds. Works will occur between 7am - 6pm, weekdays and 7am - 1pm, Saturdays.

Impacts include:

  • Setting up a fenced temporary work site.
  • High levels of noise during groundbreaking and non-destructive drilling activities.
  • Access to rowing clubs will be maintained.
  • Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to safely guide cyclists and pedestrians around the work area.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 1.5 MB).

Until early April

Franklin Street (west of Swanston Street)

From Monday 22 January 2018, the westbound lane on Franklin Street, between Swanston Street and Stewart Street, will be closed to traffic for service relocations.

Detours will be in place along Victoria Street and Elizabeth Street. The eastbound lane along Franklin Street will remain operational. Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses.

The footpath on the south side of Franklin Street will also be closed, however the footpath on the north side will remain open for the duration of these works. Detours will be in place.

At times there will be full closures of Franklin Street for night works and of the north side footpath. We will provide further notifications in advance of the works.

There are no full closures planned after early April 2018. The westbound lane will remain closed until mid-2019 to facilitate construction of the access shaft.

Until mid-February

Victoria Street, Swanston Street and Therry Street

Targeted site investigation activities will continue. Some lane closures will be required.

  • 4 January to mid-February 2018 – day works,  7am – 6pm
  • 15 January to mid-February 2018 – ongoing intermittent night works, 7pm – 7am.

For more information, see the State Library precinct construction update (PDF, 2.3 MB).

10 - 11 January

Swanston Street, between Flinders St and Flinders Lane

As part of the building demolition on Swanston Street, night works are required for power service relocation at 9 Swanston Street (former McDonald’s building).

These works will be occurring between 6pm and 7am.

These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise before 10pm, and low levels of noise after this time.

Localised traffic management will be in place to direct traffic and pedestrians around these works.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 642.3 KB).


Stewart and A'Beckett Streets

Construction of an acoustic shed, installing monitoring devices, and roads and pedestrian changes.

For more information, see the State Library precinct construction update (PDF, 2.3 MB).

Ongoing until March

Swanston Street and La Trobe Street

Building demolition. Pedestrian diversions will be in place. Some night works may be required.

La Trobe Street eastbound turning lane will be closed. However, the through lane will remain open.

These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise.

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:

  • State Library under Swanston Street, between La Trobe Street and Franklin Street.
  • Town Hall 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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