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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?

November 2017

UPDATED

City Square

Works are underway in City Square PDF, 769.0 KB to clear the space prior to demolition of the City Square carpark and shaft excavation. This includes:

  • Flinders Lane will be closed between Russel and Swanston streets on 27 November, 2 December, 9 December and 16 December (7am to 6pm). Pedestrian  and local access will be maintained
  • Service investigations and relocations
  • Excavations

A high level of noise is expected during these works, including the hammering and pulverising to demolish the concrete car park structure.

29 October

UPDATED: 25 November

Swanston Street, between Flinders St and Flinders Lane

Building demolition. For more information see:

Night works will take place from 25 November for one night so Citipower can conduct service disconnection works to the demolition area. This activity will be completed at night between 7pm and 6am. There is expected to be medium level noise before 10pm and low noise levels after this time. Traffic and pedestrian management will be in place.

18 September

UPDATED: 25 November

Swanston Street and La Trobe Street

Building demolition. For more information see:

Night works will take place from 25 November for one night. Ao Citipower can conduct service disconnection works to the demolition area. This activity will be completed at night between 9pm and 6am. There is expected to be medium level noise before 10pm and low noise levels after this time. Traffic and pedestrian management will be in place.

25 September

UPDATED: 18 November

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.

Tree removal will take place between Swanston and Stewart streets. The removal of nine trees is required to enable service relocation works to take place on Franklin Street, in preparation for an access shaft to be built. Temporary single lane closures will be required on Franklin Street between 7am and 10am. The trees will be cut and mulched on site.

11 October

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

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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