Western tunnel entrance options
The western tunnel entrance for the Metro Tunnel is proposed to be located alongside the northern side of the existing rail corridor near South Kensington Station. A 'decline structure', or descending tracks, will be built so that trains can enter the new Metro Tunnel.
From the western tunnel entrance, the tunnels will pass under Moonee Ponds Creek and CityLink before connecting to the new underground station at Arden.
In late 2015 and early 2016, we sought community feedback through a range of mediums, including information sessions, meetings and our 'yoursay' online engagement portal. As a result of feedback received, and as part of our efforts to reduce potential impacts, we developed two options for the location of the tunnel entrance, each with differing impacts.
The two options were assessed as part of the Metro Tunnel Environment Effects Statement (EES).
As a result of the EES process and ongoing design work, land required for the project was determined. In Kensington, this outcome reduced impacts on residential properties.
It is important to note the project designs are a concept only. The contractor appointed for construction will be responsible for developing the detailed project design (anticipated to be mid-late 2018) in line with planning approval requirements. This means that the eventual design solution may differ from what was presented as part of the Metro Tunnel EES. This is a common design process for major construction projects.
Western tunnel entrance