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Metro Tunnel

Consultation 2015-2017

Community and stakeholder feedback from each precinct continues to play an important role in shaping Metro Tunnel.

We have been engaging with stakeholders and the community since early 2015, and feedback has already informed some major design changes such as the decision to tunnel deeper under Swanston Street to minimise disruption to commuters and businesses.

Key topics by area

Western tunnel entrance

  • Construction traffic and its impact on local streets
  • Maintaining safe access to JJ Holland Park
  • Construction noise and vibration
  • Parking impacts
  • Tunnel entrance designs


  • Construction traffic and its impact on local streets
  • Pedestrian and bicycle connections
  • Construction impacts including dust, noise, vibration and hours of operation
  • Underground (strata) land acquisition
  • Urban renewal planned for this precinct


  • Road closures and diversions during construction
  • Maintaining access to hospitals and the University of Melbourne
  • Creating links under roads to improve pedestrian connectivity
  • Protection of heritage features
  • Managing construction impacts on sensitive sites like hospitals

Melbourne CBD

  • Changed traffic conditions during construction
  • Freight access
  • Business impacts during construction
  • Underground links between the new stations and key places
  • Managing construction impacts on open spaces including City Square
  • Protecting important buildings including Melbourne City Baths, St Paul's Cathedral and Flinders Street Station.


  • High interest in retaining trees on St Kilda Road and in the precinct, and reducing impacts on local park and open space
  • Impacts to amenity for local residents during construction, including noise, vibration and nightworks
  • High interest in how road and lane closures will affect traffic flows as well as impacts on nearby roads and parking
  • Requests that the design of the station entrances and access points integrate well with the surrounding landscapes and not detract from landmarks.
  • Access to car parking and residences
  • Disruptions to the tram network and services, including tram route 58
  • Impacts on the Shrine of Remembrance grounds and the South African Soldiers Memorial

Information session