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Metro Tunnel


Parkville is a world-class education, health and research precinct. The Metro Tunnel Project will enhance public transport connectivity to the area and deliver a new underground station for Parkville

Current work notifications

Start date Where What is happening?

22 May 2017

Within Melbourne University land on Grattan Street

Service relocations, impacts include:

  • A lane closure on Grattan Street on either Thursday 25 May or Friday 26 May between 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Occupying a limited number of parking space on Grattan Street
  • Traffic management will be in place
  • Temporary pedestrian and cyclist diversions required

15 May 2017

Flemington Road, Grattan Street and Royal Parade

Service relocations with the following traffic changes.

Royal Parade

  • Monday 22 May to late July
  • Monday - Friday, 10am-8pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays, 7am-7pm
  • Closure of single southbound lane and bike lane, between Genetics Lane and Grattan Street, with no left turn onto Grattan Street

The existing bus routes 505 and 546 on Royal Parade, between College Crescent and Grattan Street, will detour southbound along the centre carriage way, with temporary bus stops on the median strip.

Flemington Road

  • Monday 22 May until mid-June 2017, 7pm-6am
  • Single lane closure (city-bound), between Grattan Street and Elizabeth Street

4 May 2017

Royal Parade, Elizabeth Street, Grattan Street, Haymarket Walk and Kernot Road

Service relocations with temporary pedestrian diversions

1 May 2017 Queensberry Street

Road upgrade

26 April 2017

Flemington Road, Pelham Street and Bouverie Street

Gas service relocations, with some traffic management, temporary occupation of parking spaces and pedestrian diversions

Overview of works in Parkville

These works are being delivered by a Managing Contractor, John Holland, and include site preparation, identifying underground services and the relocation and protection of these services as well as road upgrades in preparation for construction.

How we will build the station

The new Parkville Station will be located under Grattan Street near Royal Parade, providing a direct rail connection to the area for the first time and relieving pressure on local tram and road networks.

Parkville Station is expected to provide access to around 45,000 jobs, 14,000 residents and more than 70,000 tertiary students and high school students within 800 metres of its location. It will be used by nearly 60,000 passengers each day in 2031.

Construction of the Metro Tunnel in Parkville began in April 2017.

Frequently asked questions

Why build a new station at Parkville?

Parkville contains a rich concentration of world renowned healthcare, research and educational facilities. Building a new station in Parkville will connect our world-class heath, research and education precinct to the metropolitan rail network for the first time.

Thousands of people come to Parkville every day for work and study, and to seek health care. Connecting Parkville to Melbourne's rail network for the first time will make this journey easier and ease pressure on the road and tram network to the north of the CBD.

Parkville has also been strategically identified as a location that supports Victoria's knowledge economy.

How will Parkville Station integrate with other transport services?

To ensure that the new Parkville Station is integrated with the wider public transport network, we are consultation with Public Transport Victoria and other public service providers to assess access and integration requirements.

Where will Parkville Station be located, and where will the station entrances be?

Parkville Station will be located under Grattan Street, just east of Royal Parade. The station will serve Melbourne's key health and education precincts by improving access to the University of Melbourne and hospitals, and provide a reliable interchange with nearby tram services.

The new station will have three entrances, one on Grattan Street opposite Barry Street, one on Grattan Street near the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and one on the corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade near the University of Melbourne. These entry points will provide direct access to the University of Melbourne and nearby hospitals and the busy tram and bus networks.

Station entrances will be integrated into public thoroughfares along Grattan Street and Royal Parade and the University of Melbourne. Access between the street level, concourse and station platforms will be provided via escalators and lifts.

A pedestrian subway will be constructed beneath Royal Parade to facilitate pedestrian access across Grattan Street.

How will the Metro Tunnel benefit the Parkville hospital and education precinct?

The Metro Tunnel will connect Parkville, a world-class education, health and research precinct, to the metropolitan rail network for the first time. Thousands of people come to Parkville every day for work and study, and to seek healthcare. The new Parkville Station will significantly improve commuter access to this growing knowledge precinct, and ease pressure on the road and tram network to the north of the CBD.

Parkville Station is expected to provide access to around 45,000 jobs, 14,000 residents and 70,000 tertiary students within 800 metres of its location, and will be used by nearly 60,000 passengers each day by 2031. The station will accommodate more than 21,000 passengers during peak hours, while a new tram stop located on Royal Parade will allow passengers to conveniently change between high frequency train and tram services.

How will Parkville Station be constructed?

Parkville Station is proposed to be built via a 'cut and cover' method. As the name suggests, cut and cover construction involves excavating a large trench or rectangular hole, with a roof slab placed over the top of the site. Underground construction activities will take place 24/7 once the roof slab has been installed.

Areas on top of the University Square car park, Barry Street and along Elizabeth Street have been identified as potential construction support sites while Parkville Station is built.

At this stage of planning, it is estimated that construction of Parkville Station will take approximately five years, including works required in 2017 ahead of major construction, and fit-out of the station underground. Project-wide rail systems installation and commissioning will occur after the construction period.

For more details see the Constructing Parkville Station page.

How will the construction of Parkville Station impact traffic and transport in the precinct?

Traffic management plans are being developed to minimise disruption to traffic, car parking, pedestrian and bicycle movements during construction.

The construction of Parkville Station will require road closures in Grattan Street between Royal Parade and Leicester Street, and Barry Street between Pelham Street and Grattan Street, for up to five years. Grattan Street, west of Royal Parade, will be partially closed for up to 18 months for the construction of the station entrance outside the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. It is anticipated that the eastbound lanes will be kept open.

Pedestrian and vehicle access to the hospital emergency departments will be maintained at all times during construction.

Temporary changes to the public transport network (buses and trams) will be required during construction of Parkville Station. The 401, 402, 403, 505 and 546 bus services will need to be re-routed around the work site. New routes through the precinct will be determined by Public Transport Victoria in consultation with key stakeholders. Trams will continue running on Royal Parade where possible.

Proposed construction traffic routes for the Parkville precinct aim to move truck and other construction traffic away from local streets and to major arterial roads such as Royal Parade and Flemington Road. Closer to the construction site, trucks are likely to use local streets including Berkeley, Barry, Bouverie, Pelham and Leicester streets.

How will dust, noise and vibration impacts of construction be managed in Parkville?

A number of mitigation measures, or Environmental Performance Requirements, have been proposed to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in Parkville.

Some of the recommended mitigation measures include:

  • Monitoring dust and air quality, in line with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria requirements, and addressing air quality requirements for residents, businesses, hospitals and research facilities in the area.
  • Meeting EPA Victoria guideline noise levels and other noise and vibration standards.
  • Implementing measures for providing advance notice of periods of potential high noise and vibration activities.