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Metro Tunnel

Service relocations in Domain

Works are required in 2017 ahead of major construction for the Metro Tunnel project in 2018.

These works are being delivered by a Managing Contractor, John Holland, and include the relocation and protection of over 100 underground utility services such as water, gas, power and telecommunications, as well as site preparation works across the project.

What we are doing

Domain service relocations 

In the Domain precinct works include identifying underground services and the relocation and protection of these services.

Construction activity will be sequenced and coordinated with other works happening in the area, such as those being undertaken by Yarra Trams, to reduce disruption to residents, businesses and public transport users.

Service relocations

  • Establishing a site compound within the Shrine reserve
  • Relocating existing services, including power and telecommunications cables, gas pipelines, stormwater drains, sewerage and water pipelines and mains
  • Installing new conduits for these services
  • Excavating new service pits on paths adjacent to the Shrine reserve
  • Trenching within the Shrine reserve for conduit installations
  • Directional drilling to ensure no impact on mature trees
There will also be utility services relocations to move underground gas and sewer pipelines in Toorak Road West out of the new tram alignment.

Managing trees

  • Up to eight juvenile trees will need to be removed from December 2016 or January 2017
  • Every effort has been made to minimise impacts to trees in this location, and no well-established mature trees are required to be removed
  • We will protect mature trees within the site compound using a number of methods, including para-webbing for smaller trees requiring shorter term protection, and more substantial fencing panels for significant trees or where works are occurring within a Tree Protection Zone (TPZ)
  • The project arborist will be on site to supervise the installation of tree protection measures, and will also supervise when works are occurring within a TPZ
  • Some trees will need to be removed, however we have made every effort to reduce the number of trees affected. In keeping with this approach only those trees necessary to allow the relevant works to be performed will be removed and we will have all necessary permits in place for this activity to occur.
  • Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will replant at least two trees for every tree impacted by the construction of our city's newest rail line.

Traffic changes

To prepare for major construction the Managing Contractor will make some changes to the road network to help keep Melbourne moving.

Changes will be made to traffic conditions on Domain Road, Bromby Street and other local roads.

The traffic changes on Bromby Street will include:

  • Creating additional local car parking spaces to help offset spaces removed.
  • Alternative drop off locations for local businesses.
  • Alterations to Bromby Street to facilitate local access for residents and businesses, and to Melbourne Grammar School.

Traffic changes on Domain Road will include:

  • Installation of a U-turn west of Dallas Brooks Drive.
  • Adjustment to bus zones and drop off areas.
  • Various road and kerb works for access to Edmund Herring Oval.

Other local roads may have changed traffic conditions to and from Toorak Road West. We will communicate these changes in advance of them being implemented.

Construction timelines

It is estimated that service relocations in the Domain precinct will take approximately 12 months and be completed in late 2017. The timing of construction activities is indicative and subject to change.

No work will take place on Remembrance Day (11 November) or Anzac Day (25 April).


November 2016 to October 2017 – Telstra services within the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, Bowen Crescent and St Kilda Road.

Gas and sewer

January to March 2017 – new gas pipeline and sewer main line in Toorak Road West.

February to July 2017 – new gas pipeline in Bowen Crescent, Bromby Street, Domain Street and Park Street (South Melbourne)

February to November 2017 – A new major sewer main that passes under St Kilda Road from Domain Road to Albert Road South.


March to July 2017 – new power conduits from Park Street (South Melbourne) to the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve/ St Kilda Road.


February to October 2017 – a new stormwater drain within the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, Bowen Crescent and St Kilda Road.


July to September 2017 – a new water pipeline within the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve and St Kilda Road.

South African Soldiers Memorial

Early to mid 2017 – the South African Soldiers Memorial will be removed and stored for the duration of construction in Albert Road Reserve. The timing of this removal activity and subsequent storage is subject to heritage and planning approvals.

Hours of work

  • 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am-1pm, Saturdays
  • When any out of hours works be required, we will notify local residents and businesses in advance of these works occurring.

All reasonable efforts will be made to complete works ahead of schedule, subject to weather and ground conditions.

We will notify residents and businesses if there are any significant changes to the program.

What to be aware of

  • A fenced site will be established within the Shrine reserve to contain the works and ensure the safety of pedestrians and workers
  • The works to install the new gas and sewer pipelines in Toorak Road West will be coordinated with the new tram infrastructure works delivered by Yarra Trams to minimise the impacts on the local community, road and tram users.
  • There will be temporary changes to traffic conditions in the local area. These changes will vary depending on the works and the community will be notified in advance.
  • Traffic management will be in place during construction to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians. Any required changes to the road network will be communicated in advance of the works using a range of communication tools.
  • This work will not impact on your service utility connections
  • The fence line will be close to, but not physically impact on, the Cobbers statue
  • Access to the Shrine reserve will be maintained at all times
  • Some pedestrian diversions will be in place
  • Access to private property and businesses will be maintained at all times
  • There may be some noise and dust associated with these works. Strategies will be put in place to minimise disruption to the community. These mitigation strategies will comply with the Metro Tunnel's Environmental Performance Requirements.
  • Once installed, all services will be re-run through the new conduit and connected within the coming months
  • Existing services will only be disconnected once the crossover is complete
  • There will be additional service relocations that need to occur outside of the Shrine reserve, however we will provide further information ahead of these works occurring.

Current construction site

Map showing the location of works in the at the edge of the Shrine of Remembrance reserve on the corner of Domain Road and St Kilda Road