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Works are underway for the Metro Tunnel Project ahead of the start of major construction. These preparatory 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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Northern Melbourne: Barwise Street and Arden site (PDF, 669.4 KB) Wednesday 12 April Site establishment

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.

Parkville: Queensberry StreetMonday 1 MayNetwork enhancementCity 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 27 April 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 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 (PDF, 664.2 KB) Thursday 20 April (until Monday 24 April) Site establishment

An eastbound lane closure will be in place on Grattan Street between Berkeley Street and Bouverie Street from Saturday 22 April to Sunday 23 April. Traffic management measures will ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians and maintain the flow of traffic.

Temporary fencing will be installed around the work sites to ensure the safety of the community and workers. There will be some temporary pedestrian diversions.

Out of hours works will take place

  • 6pm, Friday 21 April to 6pm, Saturday 22 April 2017
  • 8am, Sunday 23 April to 7am, Monday 24 April 2017
Parkville: Royal Parade (PDF, 651.9 KB) Monday 6 March Service investigations

A southbound lane closure will be in place on Royal Parade during off peak times.

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

There will be some noise associated with this activity.

There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions.

These works were extended until 17 March.

Parkville: Grattan Street, Flemington Road, Pelham Street, Bouverie Street and within the University of Melbourne (PDF, 659.0 KB) Thursday 6 April Service investigations

We will be confirming and identifying the location of underground services. This will include non-destructive digging (NDD) including sawcutting asphalt and digging narrow trenches to carefully expose underground utilities and verify the location of each service (including in footpaths and roads). This work will be done during day time hours and will take place behind the hoarding.

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

Traffic management measures will ensure the safety of work crews, cyclists and pedestrians and maintain flow of traffic. There may be some temporary pedestrian diversions. Please refer to signage in the area.

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.

Carlton: Queensberry Street Mid-April Road works

It is proposed that Queensberry Street be widened to two traffic lanes between Elizabeth and Rathdowne streets.

Following the necessary planning approvals, works on Queensberry Street are anticipated to begin in mid-April 2017 and will take up to three months to complete.

Melbourne: La Trobe Street (PDF, 394.1 KB) Monday 16 January Site preparation

What the works will involve

  • Removal of parallel parking bays at intersections along La Trobe Street between King Street and Exhibition Street
  • Changes to kerbs and footpaths at intersections
  • Line marking to identify the new design of the road way
  • Changes to traffic signage along La Trobe Street
  • Construction of three new accessible parking bays between Swanston Street and Russell Street, including kerb ramp and pavement improvements
  • Upgrades to traffic signalling timing.

What to be aware of

  • There will be short-term, temporary changes to vehicle and bicycle access. Variable Message Signs (VMS) boards will be in place to provide clear direction
  • Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians and maintain traffic flow.

Hours of work

  • 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am – 1pm, Saturdays
  • Night work will be required for permanent line marking along La Trobe Street. This work is expected to take place in late January 2017.
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: Stewart Street and Franklin Street Monday 3 April Road changes

Vehicles will be unable to turn right onto Franklin Street from Stewart Street due to the extension of the site compound past the Steward Street and Franklin Street intersection.

Signage will be in place to notify vehicles of the left turn only into Franklin Street from Stewart Street. The extension of the site perimeter will provide a laydown area for materials and a holding area for construction vehicles to support the Metro Tunnel Early Works activities at the alternate Franklin Street site.

Melbourne: Will Street Monday 3 April Site establishment

Change to La Trobe Street are underway and with expected completion in mid-April. A site compound has been installed on Wills Street to support these works and is being used in accordance with the approved project hours. Any out of hours works will be notified accordingly. Upon completion of the works, the site compound will be removed and the parking bays will be reinstated.

Melbourne: City Square 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
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: A'Beckett, Stewart and Franklin Streets Monday 2 April Night works

From Sunday 2 April, gas service relocations will commence in A'Beckett Street between Swanston Street and Stewart Street. These works will occur at night between 9pm and 5am over a four week period and will be conducted by APA and Comdain.

Melbourne: Franklin Street Saturday 8 April Night works

Sewer and drainage works will be undertaken in Franklin Street at the Bowen Crescent intersection. As the work will be conducted within the Lendlease site at RMIT, these works are required to take place out of hours when the work zone is not occupied. Night works will commence from 5pm Saturday and are expected to be completed by 5am Sunday 9 April.

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.

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.

Day works

  • 19 April – 12 May 2017
    9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday
    7am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays

Night works

  • Thursday 20 April 2017
    Wednesday 26 – Thursday 27 April 2017
    8pm – 5am
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: Toorak Road West (PDF, 690.1 KB)

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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.

Buses replacing route 8 trams 15-17 April

Closure of the tram tracks at the intersection of Toorak Road West and Park Street from 1am, Saturday 15 April to 5.30am, Monday 17 April.

Buses will replace Route 8 trams on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April due to these works.

Buses will replace trams between stop 19 (Shrine of Remembrance) and temporary stop 43 (Toorak – Glenferrie Rd, 50m prior to Toorak Rd, adjacent to Chesterfield Ave).

To plan your journey, visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007. 

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.