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Work notifications

Major works are now underway to support construction of the Metro Tunnel, tunnel entrances and underground stations. These works include the relocation and protection of utilities, including drainage, water, gas, power and telecommunications services.

If you have any questions on locations, timing or require more information, please contact us.

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Location
(Link for full notification)
When? Work What to be aware of
Kensington: Hobsons Road (PDF, 2.6 MB) Thursday 11 May Geotechnical investigation

All works will be contained in private property.

There will be no restrictions to traffic or parking.

Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

To check for the presence of underground services, non-destructive digging will take place at each soil sampling location.

These works are expected to be low-impact, however there may be some dust and noise generated when non-destructive digging is taking place.

North Melbourne: Laurens Street (PDF, 621.0 KB) Monday 15 May Service investigations

Traffic management measures will be in place on Laurens Street to allow one lane of traffic through at a time.

We may need to temporarily occupy a limited number of parking spaces on Laurens Street at the works location.

There will be some noise associated with this activity.

There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions.

Northern Melbourne: Barwise Street and Arden site

UPDATED
Wednesday 12 April Site establishment and service relocations

Demolition

Staged demolition of vacant buildings within the Government-owned land in Arden.

Using machinery such as large cranes and excavators.

Ensuring the safe removal of any asbestos contained within these buildings prior to demolition (surrounding businesses and community will be notified separately in advance of asbestos removal).

Traffic management measures may be required to ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians and maintain flow of traffic.

There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions required.

Tree removal

Staged removal of trees to facilitate construction of the new Arden Station.

Using chainsaws, excavators and boom lifts to complete the removal.

Pre-clear surveys will be undertaken to identify any fauna present in trees and buildings prior to removal, and appropriate management strategies put in place.

The river red gum tree on Laurens Street (near Boral) is not being removed.

Within Melbourne University land on Grattan Street (PDF, 655.7 KB) 22 May 2017 Service relocations
  • 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
Parkville: Flemington Road, Grattan Street and Royal Parade (PDF, 646.8 KB) Monday 15 May Service relocations

Traffic changes

Royal Parade (JPG, 88.7 KB)

Monday 15 - Friday 19 May, 10am-6pm
Saturday 20 May, 7am-1pm
Closure of single southbound lane and bike lane, between Genetics Lane and Grattan Street, with no left turn onto Grattan Street.

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.

Grattan Street

Monday 22 May until mid-June 2017, 7pm-6am,
Single lane closures eastbound and westbound, between Flemington Road and Royal Parade.

Flemington Road

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

Parkville: Royal Parade, Elizabeth Street, Grattan Street, Haymarket Walk and Kernot Road (PDF, 660.6 KB) Thursday 4 May Service relocations

Traffic management measures will ensure the safety of work crews, cyclists and pedestrians and maintain flow of traffic. Please refer to signage in the area

We will need to temporarily occupy a limited number of parking spaces on Royal Parade and Elizabeth Street as the works progress

There will be some noise associated with this activity

Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times

There may be some temporary pedestrian and cyclist diversions

There is no planned disruption to essential services.

Parkville: Queensberry Street Monday 1 May Network enhancement City of Melbourne has approved changes to Queensberry Street that will allow better traffic flow during Metro Tunnel construction.
Parkville: Grattan Street (PDF, 643.5 KB) Thursday 14 May

UPDATED
Site establishment

What are we doing

Removing a limited number of trees on Royal Parade and Grattan Street, using chainsaws, excavators and boom lifts

Relocating a statue at the entrance to the Melbourne Medical School (University of Melbourne) to facilitate relocation of services.

There will be some noise associated with this activity. Fauna associated with trees to be removed will be assessed and managed appropriately

Traffic changes

A southbound vehicle and bicycle lane closure will be in place on Royal Parade between Genetics Lane and Grattan Street on Saturday 28 April and Sunday 29 April

A westbound lane closure will be in place on Grattan Street between Berkeley Street and Barry Street on Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May

There will be some temporary pedestrian diversions required

We will need to occupy a limited number of parking spaces on Grattan Street at the works location

Parkville: Flemington Road, Pelham Street and Bouverie Street (PDF, 644.3 KB) Wednesday 26 April Gas service relocation

The main will be installed by open cut trenching, consisting of excavating a trench and manually installing each piece of pipe, backfilling and reinstating the area.

There will be some noise associated with this activity.

There will be an eastbound closure of Pelham Street and a northbound closure of Bouverie Street as the works progress. Detours will be in place.

Traffic management measures will ensure the safety of work crews, cyclists and pedestrians and maintain flow of traffic. Please refer to signage in the area.

We will need to temporarily occupy a limited number of parking spaces on Pelham Street and Bouverie Street as the works progress.

Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions.

There is no planned disruption to essential services.

Parkville: Grattan Street and Royal Parade (PDF, 652.9 KB) Thursday 23 March Site establishment and service relocation

Tree and vegetation removal will take place within University of Melbourne land along Grattan Street and on the corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade. Removal will be completed in stages to prepare sites as they are required. Chainsaws, excavators and boom lifts may be used. Further tree removal will be required during the next phase of work.

An eastbound lane closure will be in place on Grattan Street during tree removal between Royal Parade and Barry Street on Saturday 25 March to Sunday 26 March.

An additional weekend closure will be required and we will provide notification prior.

Temporary fencing will be installed around the work sites to ensure the safety of the community and workers.

There will be some noise associated with this activity.

Traffic management measures will ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians and maintain flow of traffic.

There will be some temporary pedestrian diversions required.

We will need to occupy a limited number of parking spaces on Grattan Street as the works progress.

Fauna associated with trees to be removed will be assessed and managed appropriately.

We will replant at least two trees for every tree removed for construction of the Metro Tunnel to enhance long term canopy cover across the Metro Tunnel project.

Parkville: Royal Parade (PDF, 274.7 KB) Monday 27 March Service relocation

There will be a southbound lane closure on Royal Parade and Elizabeth Street, across Grattan Street as works progress. Please refer to signage in the area.

We will need to temporarily occupy a limited number of parking spaces, and impact the bicycle lane, on Elizabeth Street as the works progress.

There will be some noise associated with this activity.

There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions.

Melbourne: Flinders Lane (PDF, 687.5 KB) Monday 15 May Service relocations

Flinders Lane closure

Tuesday 23 to Tuesday 30 May

Flinders Lane will be closed from Russel Street to Swanston Street

Local access only from Swanston Street to Flinders Lane

Details of why we are closing Flinders Lane is on the notification (PDF, 687.5 KB).

Melbourne: Franklin Street Saturday 15 April Service relocations Undertaken at the Franklin Street site between Victoria Street and Swanston Street.

In addition to the times previously notified, works will occur in the evening from 3pm to Midnight.
Melbourne: City Square

UPDATED
Sunday 9 April Site establishment

Works will start in City Square to clear the space prior to demolition of the City Square carpark and shaft excavation. This will include:

  • The removal of artwork and street furniture
  • Tree removal
  • The demolition of the former Brunetti CafĂ© building
  • Service investigations and relocations
Melbourne: Franklin and A'Beckett Street (PDF, 646.1 KB) Monday 10 April Shaft construction

Piling works

Shaft construction will start with bored piling works at the Franklin Street site from Monday 10 April, and in May at the A'Beckett Street site. Piling will take up to four months to complete at each site.

Bored piling requires a piling rig to drill a steel lining into the ground to create a hole and removing spoil material from within the steel liner. Once the hole is excavated, a steel prefabricated reinforcement cage is placed within. Concrete is then poured into the hole to form the pile and once the concrete sets, the bored pile is complete.

100 piles will be constructed at the Franklin Street shaft site, and 76 piles will be constructed at the A'Beckett Street shaft site.

The other activities include:

  • Delivery, unloading, and assembly of steel reinforcing cages
  • Extracting spoil from the excavated bored holes
  • Concrete trucks moving onto site regularly to assist pours for newly excavated piles.

What to expect

Noise and vibration can result from a range of activities and equipment used during pile construction. Common sources of noise include heavy machinery, trucks, piling rigs, power tools and broadband reversing beepers on mobile equipment.

The amount of noise on a construction site may vary at any given time depending on the activities being carried out, however we are required to employ mitigation strategies that comply with the Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements to minimise disruption to the community.

Equipment laydown areas

Equipment laydown areas are being established at Franklin Street - between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street - and A'Beckett Street on the RMIT half basketball courts and surrounding footpath and road.

These areas will be used to store machinery and equipment for the duration of the Metro Tunnel Project and will support the construction of the shafts and future tunnel works.

Ongoing service relocation works

Service relocation works are continuing in CBD North. These works will be delivered during the night to ensure minimal disruption to roads and footpaths.

Service relocation works are expected to be completed by July 2017.

Tree removal

  • From week commencing 10 April, a limited number of trees will be removed from the CBD North sites to facilitate construction of the new station
  • Where possible, timber from the removed trees will be re-used by City of Melbourne
  • Some mulching will take place on site
  • MMRA will replant two trees for every tree we remove on the project, to enhance long term canopy cover.
Melbourne: Swanston, Franklin, A'Beckett, Victoria and Stewart Streets (PDF, 1.2 MB) Monday 16 January Site establishment and service relocations

These works will be delivered by John Holland and 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 rail tunnels and CBD North Station.

See the Works in the CBD North construction works section to learn more.

Melbourne: Park Street, Albert Road North, Bowen Crescent, St Kilda Road, Bromby Street and Domain Street (PDF, 682.7 KB) Monday 29 May Service relocations

On Domain Street and Bromby Street there will be limited driveway access before 7am during the works.

There will also be a temporary closure of centre median and kerbside Parks on Domain and Bromby Streets. Work zone speed restrictions will be in place.

There may be some dust noise which will be managed in accordance to our Environmental Performance Requirements.

Melbourne: St Kilda Road (PDF, 610.9 KB) Monday 22 May Service investigations

Night works

7pm-7am
Monday 22 May 2017

There will be periods of medium to high level noise associated with saw-cutting and excavation, which will be prioritised to occur as early in the evening as possible

Melbourne: St Kilda Road (PDF, 741.3 KB) Wednesday 17 May Service relocations

There will be periods of medium to high level noise associated with open-cut trenching, saw-cutting and reinstating the impacted sections of road

Impacts from noise will be managed in accordance with the Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements

There will be no impact to gas supply

Works at each location will take approximately one week, with purging activities to take place at the end of work concurrently.

Traffic changes

Different stages of work there may be northbound and south bound closures on St Kilda Road and Albert Road, including the right hand turn from Albert Road onto St Kilda Road.

Truncation one and three (Southbound St Kilda Road outer lane adjacent Shrine Reserve and Melbourne Grammar)

Closure of south bound outer lane on St Kilda Road and the outside right turning lane from Park Street into St Kilda Road

Temporary removal of kerbside car parks in advance of work site on St Kilda Road and outer right turning lane on Park Street

Truncation two (Westbound Domain Road outer lane)

Pedestrian and traffic management around works.

Truncation four (Northbound slow lane)

Temporary removal of kerbside car parks in advance of work site on St Kilda Road between Bowen Lane and Albert Road

Closure of northbound outer lane on St Kilda Road. The work sites will be reinstated at the conclusion of works.

The work sites will be reinstated at the conclusion of works.

Melbourne: Toorak Road West (PDF, 362.1 KB) 11 May Service relocations

There will be periods of medium to high level noise associated with saw-cutting, excavator and drilling rig operation, and NDD. These louder activities will be prioritised to occur as early in the evening as possible

There will be associated machinery noise which will be unavoidable, such as reversing beepers

We will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum wherever possible

There is no planned disruption to essential services

There will be some temporary pedestrian diversions in place during these works

We will need to temporarily occupy a limited number of parking spaces along Toorak Road West

Pavements will be reinstated at completion of works

Site sheds and barriers are expected to be delivered on Sunday 14 May. At this time Toorak Road (between St Kilda Road and Adams Street) will be temporarily closed for installation

Night Works

  • 10pm - 4am, Thursday 11 May to Friday 12 May in Kings Way and St Kilda Road intersection
  • 8pm – 4am, Thursday 11 May to Thursday 18 May (no more than 3 nights during this period) in Toorak Road West and Park St intersection
  • 10pm – 4am, Monday 29 May until Tuesday 30 May on Toorak Road West between Leopold Stand St Kilda Road
  • 10pm – 4am, Thursday 1 June until Friday 5 June (no more than 3 nights during this period) on Toorak Road West between Leopold St and St Kilda Road.
South Melbourne: Albert Road (PDF, 611.7 KB) 20 & 28 April Service relocations We are installing two new power poles near the Albert Road Reserve.

Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of work crews, pedestrians, cyclists and maintain the flow of traffic around the work areas.

Temporary occupation of car park spaces during works will be required adjacent to the new pole locations.

In order to maintain public lighting and pedestrian safety until the overhead power cables are reconnected on 22 April, three temporary light towers will be erected within our site. Noise attenuation blankets will be placed around the towers to mitigate the noise levels associated with providing lighting during this period.

Impacts from low to medium level noise will be managed in accordance with Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs).
South Melbourne: Park Street and St Kilda Road (PDF, 612.2 KB) 26 & 27 April Service investigations

Night works

This work will include:

  • Saw-cutting small sections within the road
  • Digging a narrow trench to carefully expose the gas service
  • Conducting a CCTV inspection and testing
  • Backfilling and reinstating the area.

There will be periods of medium to high level noise associated with saw-cutting and excavation, which will be prioritised to occur as early in the evening as possible.

These works will require temporary lane closures for eastbound traffic along Park Street from Wells Street to St Kilda Road

These works will require the closure of the left turning lane on St Kilda Road into Park Street and diversion of northbound traffic to the far right lane on St Kilda Road

Pedestrian and cyclist traffic and access will be maintained around these works

Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times

There will be temporary lane closures and occupation of car parking spaces during works.

South Melbourne: St Kilda Road (PDF, 1.1 MB) Wednesday 19 April (until Friday 12 May) Service investigations

Service investigations will take place both during the day and night, with some lane closures in place during off-peak hours.

There will be some noise associated with these works, particularly saw cutting and NDD, vacuum truck and other machinery, however we will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum wherever possible.

Melbourne: Park Street, St Kilda Road, Domain Road, Bromby Street, Domain Street and Adams Street (PDF, 632.6 KB) Wednesday 8 March Service investigations

The location of sites may vary depending on the results of the investigation works.

Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of work crews, pedestrians, cyclists and maintain flow of traffic around the work areas.

Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Impacts from noise, dust and vibration will be managed in accordance with the Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements.

There will be staged lane closures and occupation of car parking spaces during works.

South Melbourne: St Kilda Road footpath and Bowen Crescent (PDF, 4.2 MB) Monday 16 January Service relocation

As part of the preparatory work for the Domain Station, we are moving existing services away from the location of a station entrance at the edge of the Shrine of Remembrance reserve and installing new conduits for these services.

What the works will involve

  • Continuing to install new telecommunication conduits within the St Kilda Road footpath adjacent to Melbourne Grammar and the Royce Hotel
  • Continuing to install new power conduits within the St Kilda Road footpath adjacent to the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve
  • Removing 8 juvenile trees within the Shrine Reserve
  • Installing new telecommunication conduits across Bowen Crescent and down the west side of Bowen Crescent
  • Boring and installing new conduits under St Kilda Road that will connect with conduits being installed within Bowen Crescent
  • Running new telecommunication services through the conduits to complete the relocation of these services following the installation of new conduits (this low impact activity will continue until July 2017).
South Melbourne: Albert Road (PDF, 651.0 KB) Monday 10 April Sewer relocation works

The southern leg of Albert Road will be closed to traffic for approximately 7 months. Access to and from Kings Way and St Kilda Road will only be available from the northern leg of Albert Road

Traffic management will be in place during construction to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure the safety of pedestrians

Access and egress points for construction vehicles will be provided at Albert Road (from Kingsway) and St Kilda Road (see map)

There will be medium to high level periods of noise on site at different stages

South Melbourne: Albert Road (PDF, 612.6 KB) Monday 3 April Water main diversion works

From 3 April to 8 April, a combination of day and night works will be required to divert the water main.

These works are required to be done prior to the relocation of the South Yarra Main Sewer beneath the future Domain Station.

Excavation of the trench across Albert Road will be done in two stages with staged lane closures in place to minimise traffic impacts.

Traffic management and detours will be in place around works, with no impact to footpaths.

Approximately 5-10 car parking spaces will be occupied as part of this work.

Day works:

  • 7am – 6pm, Monday 3 April, Tuesday 4 April and Friday 7 April 2017,
  • 7am-1pm, Saturday 8 April 2017,

Night works:

  • 6pm – 7am, Wednesday 5 April – Thursday 6 April 2017
Melbourne: Edmund Herring Oval (PDF, 805.1 KB) Wednesday 12 April Geotechnical investigations

Ahead of construction on the tunnels and stations commencing in 2018, works are required in Edmund Herring Oval to provide a dedicated construction power supply for the tunnel boring machines that will be used to construct the Metro Tunnel.

Where required, traffic management will be used to direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians safely around the work sites (please follow any signage in place).

These works are expected to be low-impact, however there may be some noise generated when non-destructive digging is taking place.

The noise generated by subsequent geotechnical drilling will be similar to that of an idle truck engine.

The site will be restored to its original (or similar) condition once all works are complete.

South Yarra: William Street (PDF, 630.2 KB) Tuesday 16 May Water truncation

Night works

16 and 17 May

7:30pm-6am

South East Water will notify the affected customer ahead of any service outage and the work will be done at night to minimise customer impacts

There will be periods of medium to high level noise associated with open-cut trenching, saw-cutting and reinstating the impacted area

A number of car parking spaces on William Street will be temporarily occupied for the duration of these works

South Yarra: Toorak Road West (PDF, 690.1 KB)

UPDATED
Saturday 15 April Service relocations

Lane closures and temporary occupation of kerbside car parking within the direct vicinity of works.

There will be periods of medium to high levels of noise associated with the works. These will be managed in accordance with the Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements to ensure community disruption is minimised.

Updated street access for vehicles

The timings for the closure and re-opening of local streets has now been revised. During periods where no works are taking place in the street openings, we will endeavour to keep them open.

Proposed street re-openings

  • Adams Street from mid-April
  • Domain Street from early May
  • Hope Street from mid-May
  • Millswyn Street from early May
  • Leopold Street from early May
South Yarra: Toorak Road West (PDF, 371.2 KB) Monday 27 March Service identification

There will be some temporary pedestrian diversions in place during these works.

We will need to temporarily occupy a limited number of parking spaces along Toorak Road West.

There will be some noise associated with these works, particularly saw-cutting and NDD, however we will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum wherever possible.

South Yarra: Toorak Road West (webpage) Monday 16 January Service relocation

Traffic management measures will be in place within the Toorak Road West works area to manage the safety of work crews, pedestrians and cyclists and will include:

  • Lane reduction on Toorak Road West between St Kilda Road and Park Street. A single lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction
  • Work zone speed restrictions
  • Temporary occupation of approximately half of the centre median angled car parks near St Kilda Road on Toorak Road West while sewer works are taking place in close proximity to these parks
  • Temporary occupation of all kerbside parking on the Fawkner Park side of the road for gas relocation works
  • Temporary occupation of kerbside parking as sewer relocation works progress on the residential side of the road within direct vicinity of works
  • Limited access and progressive local street closures into Toorak Road West between St Kilda Road and Leopold Street with detours and appropriate signage in place
  • Temporary pedestrian diversions in place around works

There may be some noise and dust associated with these works. Mitigation strategies which comply with the Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements will be put in place to minimise disruption to the community.

Sewer and gas services will not be affected. Existing services will be diverted to the new services once installed.

Weekend night works may be required to connect the new gas service to the existing network towards the end of these works. We will notify affected residents in advance of these works occurring.