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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?

6 - 30 March

Melbourne CBD

Installing seven groundwater monitoring wells in the CBD. Works take place between 7am - 6pm, weekdays and 7am - 1pm, Saturdays (if required).

For each well this involves:

  • High levels of noise during groundbreaking and non-destructive drilling.
  • Up to four on-street car parking spaces may be occupied.
  • Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to safely guide pedestrians and vehicles.
  • This work will not impact public transport.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 2.4 MB).

7 - 16 March

Scott Alley

The existing canopy at the southern end of Scott Alley will be removed and a scaffold installed over two days. Low to medium levels of noise expected with this work.

These works will take place 7 to 9 March and 14 to 16 March, between 7am and 6pm.

Access to businesses in Scott Alley will be maintained.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 1.8 MB).

10 February - 28 March

Port Phillip Arcade

Various day and night works are required ahead of and during the main demolition of Port Phillip Arcade.

Demolition of the roof, east, and west wings of Port Phillip Arcade to ground level will commence 19 February until 28 March. Between five and 15 truck movements per day will be required.

There will be high levels of noise throughout the demolition works.

Dust, vibration, and noise will be monitored on-site using water sprays, scaffolding and cloth protection.

As part of these demolition works, the Port Phillip Arcade awning on Flinders Street will be removed and scaffolding will be installed. This work will take place 11pm - 6am, from 18 February to 22 March, to minimise disruption to pedestrians and the tram network on Flinders Street.

The footpath on the north side of Flinders Street, between Degraves Street and Swanston Street, and the left eastbound lane on Flinders Street near the area will be will be closed during these works. A signed detour will be in place for pedestrians.

The King Neptune sculpture will be placed in storage until it is reinstated as part of the new Town Hall Station precinct.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 1.8 MB).

16 - 21 March

Royston Place

Works to install a protective scaffold along Royston Place will take place as part of the Port Phillip Arcade demolition.

Further notification, including dates, will be provided prior to these works.

These works will generate medium levels of noise and some lighting will be used.

Access to Ross House and UniLodge basement car parks will be maintained at all times.

Ongoing until mid-2019

Franklin Street

Service Relocation

Ongoing until mid-April, the westbound lane on Franklin Street, between Swanston Street and Stewart Street, and the closure of the southern footpath are required to relocate power, sewer, water, drainage, telecommunications and gas services.

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.

After these works, the westbound lane on Franklin Street will remain closed until mid-2019 to facilitate construction of the access shaft.

Gas Service Relocation Night Works

Ongoing until mid-April, the eastbound lane along Franklin Street, between Stewart Street and Swanston Street, and the northern footpath are currently closed between 6pm and 6am, Sundays to Thursdays. A temporary pedestrian path will be in place while we relocate gas services.

These night works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise, with the noisiest activities to take place earlier in the evening.

Local access into buildings will be maintained. Outside of these hours, the northern footpath will remain open.

Acoustic Shed

Ongoing works within the shed will continue 24 hours, weekdays between 7am and 1pm, weekends. Approximately 8 truck movements per hour will occur.

From 5 March until 6 March and 14 March until 16 March, between 1am and 5am mobile cranes will be used to move concrete barriers and unload materials at the Swanston Street entry point. These works will generate medium-level noise and are required at night to allow the safe use of the mobile cranes.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 3.1 MB).

Ongoing until end of March

Swanston Street and La Trobe Street

Demolition work along Swanston Street and Latrobe Street is underway and expected to be completed by the end of March 2018.

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.

Night works from 4 March to 8 March, between 9pm and 6am, will remove scaffolding on Swanston Street and La Trobe Street. These works need to be undertaken at night to minimise impacts on pedestrians.

Ongoing until early April

Victoria Street and Bouverie Street

Targeted site investigation activities will continue to confirm modelling of the groundwater movement on both sides of Victoria Street, between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street.

From early March until early April, this work will require the closure of Bouverie Street at the intersection of Victoria Street and Bouverie Street. Access to Bouverie Street will be via Queensberry Street.

Expect periods of medium to high-level noise with the noisiest activities to occur as early as possible in the evening. Low-level noise works will take place between 12am and 7am.

We will keep residents and businesses updated on the timing and impacts of night works

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 3.1 MB).


Stewart and A'Beckett Streets

From 5 March, the A'Beckett Street acoustic enclosure will commence 24 hour works, weekdays and 7am until 1pm, weekends.

Up to six trucks will be entering and exiting the site via Swanston Street.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 3.1 MB).

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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