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Metro Tunnel

Eastern tunnel entrance

The eastern tunnel entrance will enable the Cranbourne / Pakenham line to peel off from the existing rail corridor just south of Toorak Road, and travel via the Metro Tunnel.

Eastern tunnel entrance location

The eastern tunnel entrance is proposed to be located in the South Yarra Siding Reserve. A decline structure, or descending tracks, will be built so trains can enter the new Metro Tunnel near William Street and pass underneath the Sandringham and Frankston lines.

From the eastern tunnel entrance, the tunnels will pass under Osborne Street, Davis Avenue, Powell Street, Myrtle Street and Macfarlan Street and travel west under Toorak Road and St Kilda Road to connect with the new Domain station.Eastern Portal - map showing rail connection, track work, rail tunnel and cut and cover location

What we heard

Drawing on the ideas, expertise and opinions of stakeholders and the community is vital as planning for the Metro Tunnel continues.

A comprehensive program of public engagement and consultation has been underway since early 2015, and feedback has informed planning documentation and project designs.

Key eastern tunnel entrance feedback topics included:

  • The importance of reducing impacts on local streets and notifying residents in advance of any changes to parking or access arrangements.
  • Green space is highly valued; South Yarra Siding Reserve and Lovers Walk were noted as important places with opportunities to improve existing conditions.
  • There is a high interest in noise treatments, including the height and design of noise walls, and visual amenity both during construction and operation of the Metro Tunnel.

Above ground structures

The eastern tunnel entrance will also require the construction of the following structures:

  • A ventilation shaft that will be used for maintaining air quality during tunnel maintenance and removing fumes in the event of an emergency. The Metro Tunnel will be used exclusively by electric trains, which do not emit fumes.
  • An emergency access shaft to allow emergency crews to access the tunnels in case of emergency.

While the final location of the shafts are to be confirmed, it is proposed to be located underground or within the rail reserve where possible.

Other utilities required for the eastern tunnel entrance will be located below ground or within the rail reserve where possible.

More information

Environment Effects Statement submissions closed

The Melbourne Metro Environment Effects Statement and draft Planning Scheme Amendment submission period has closed.

Thank you to everyone who came to an information session, contacted us or made a submission.

A joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee, appointed by the Minister for Planning, will now assess the effects of the project with regard to the EES studies and investigations, along with all public submissions. A public hearing will be held in August by the Inquiry at which the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and submitters can make presentations.

Learn more about the Environment Effects Statement and draft Planning Scheme Amendment process.

Less congestion and more frequent trains at South Yarra station

Once the Metro Tunnel is operational, the Frankston and Sandringham lines will continue to stop at South Yarra station, while Cranbourne / Pakenham services will instead travel via the Metro Tunnel and five new stations at Domain, CBD South, CBD North, Parkville and Arden.