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Metro Tunnel

Overview of works in Kensington

Works are underway to remove and relocate the existing high voltage (HV) transmission towers ahead of construction of the Metro Tunnel.

These towers need to be permanently relocated away from Childers Street to make way for the construction and operation of the western tunnel entrance.

Works summary

Childers Street

Works include:

  • South Kensington station site investigations nearby.
  • Re-stringing of the transmission lines between the two temporary towers.
  • Dismantling of the existing and temporary transmission towers.

Hobsons Road

Works include:

  • Service relocation for the installation of permanent HV tower at the southern end of the Hobsons Road site.
  • Piling works for foundations of the permanent HV transmission tower.
  • Construction of permanent tower foundations.
  • Re-stringing of the transmission lines between the two temporary towers.
  • Re-stringing of the transmission lines from the temporary tower to the permanent tower.
  • Dismantling of the temporary transmission tower.

April works update

Works to construct permanent tower 33 near the corner of Hobsons and Kensington roads and permanent towers 34 and 35 on the south side of the rail corridor are continuing. Once the towers are erected, works to install conductors and stringing of the HV transmission lines between towers will occur.

These works are taking place in stages and will involve:

  • Activities to complete the permanent tower 33 foundations
  • Delivery and pre-assembly of steel sections using oversize vehicles
  • Erection of the permanent HV towers using cranes
  • Safely stringing the transmission lines between permanent tower 33 on Hobsons Road and permanent tower 34, and from permanent tower 34 to permanent tower 35 (both on the southern side of the rail corridor).

More information about these works was presented at the community meeting with residents in April (PDF, 3.2 MB).

Traffic changes

There will be changes to traffic arrangements on some local streets including Childers Street, Kensington Road, Hobsons Road and Dynon Road to facilitate the works.

These changes will include:

  • Temporary closures of Childers Street between Kensington Road and Ormond Street, and Hobsons Road between Kensington Road and the Wakefield Street pedestrian access to safely facilitate the re-stringing of the transmission lines.
  • Vehicle access to the western section of Hobsons Road will be detoured via Tankard Street and Wakefield Street.
  • Kensington Road traffic speed reduced to 40km/hour.
  • A lane closure on Childers Street to facilitate works at the temporary transmission tower and to ensure the safe passage of vehicular traffic.
  • Temporary changes to the shared user path on Childers Street (detours will be in place).
  • Temporary impacts to parking on Childers Street near South Kensington station.
  • Traffic management will be in place at all times during the works to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure the safety of work crews, cyclists and pedestrians.

Hours of work

  • 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am – 5pm, Saturdays
  • 7am – 5pm, Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 April
  • 9pm – 5am, Sunday to Thursday (from Sunday 15 April until late April)

Some works need to occur outside of working normal hours due to the proximity of the works to the live rail corridor. In order to ensure the works can be performed safely, some activities need to be undertaken at night when trains are not running.

What to be aware of

  • These works are expected to generate intermittent periods of medium level noise
  • The works will involve the use of winches, cranes and elevated work platforms
  • Construction lights will also be used and powered by a low noise generator
  • We will position lights so they face away from residential properties, where possible
  • Please note the dates of these works are subject to change and we will notify in advance if there are any revisions to the program.

High voltage transmission tower locations

Map showing the locations where the new permanent, temporary and existing locations.

Legacy high voltage transmission tower alignment

This image shows the legacy high voltage transmission tower alignment with the line running south of the railway line before crossing Kensington Road