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Metro Tunnel

Tunnel boring machine tour

Posted: 26 Jul 2019


Fancy seeing our first two tunnel boring machines (TBM)? This is your chance to take a tour of the Metro Tunnel Project’s Arden Station site, near Arden Street, where our first two TBMs will soon be launched to create the tunnels for the trains that will transform Melbourne’s rail network.

On Sunday 4 August, small groups will tour the above ground construction site and get a rare look into the world of this city-defining mega project. The tours will showcase the development of the site to date including construction of the station box TBM assembly and provide information on the new station and legacy design.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity ahead of the upcoming launch of our first two TBMs, Joan (named after Victoria’s first female Premier, Joan Kirner) and Meg (named after Australian cricketer Meg Lanning). Safety clothing, including hard hats and hi-vis vests, will be provided for all attendees.


Date and time

Sunday 4 August, 8am-5pm

Tours run every 20 minutes and will take an hour


The site of the future Arden Station
131 Laurens Street
North Melbourne, VIC 3051

Entry through Gate L4

On-site parking will be available to visitors, but please use public transport if possible.

Participants will take part in a one-hour, ground-level tour of the site (note there is no access down into the station box).

Terms & Conditions

  • Participants are to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the allocated tour start time.
  • Participants are to present their ticket upon arrival, prior to the tour commencing.
  • Participants must be five (5) years and above and all must have been issued an individual ticket.
  • The tours will be hosted at an operational construction site and accessibility options cannot be provided. All participants must be able to walk unassisted on uneven ground that may be slippery in wet weather.
  • Participants must wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and flat, fully enclosed shoes that lace or zip up.
  • Participants will be provided Personal Protective Equipment including a hard hat, safety vest and safety glasses that must be worn for the duration of the tour. All PPE is to be returned at the end of the tour.
  • A safety briefing will be held prior to tour commencement and participants must agree to follow all instructions during the tour.
  • Participants are to stay with their allocated tour group at all times.
  • The TBM tour will proceed even in the event of rain. If heavy rainfall occurs on the day, the relevant tour(s) will be held off until rain eases. Tours interrupted by rain will be rescheduled, where possible
  • Construction activities are currently underway on the site, including excavation, station box construction and TBM assembly. The Project has safety and environmental management systems in place at the site and the tours will be undertaken by qualified personnel. However, as with any construction site, there are a range of inherent risks associated with access. In addition to site-specific conditions relating to excavation and construction, parts of the site are quite confined and with non-sealed ground surfaces, which increases the risk of trips and falls.
  • Participants will be required to complete a release and indemnity form prior to the tour commencing.
  • For safety reasons, no items, other than a camera or mobile phone, may be carried during the tour. Tripods, drones and other camera accessories will not be allowed onto site. Bags and other items can be left at an attended storage area. Where possible, please leave valuables at home.
  • Participants will complete a safety induction. All participants must comply at all times with the instructions of the responsible personnel.
  • Tour numbers are limited to 20 people per tour and each tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

The first tunnel boring machine being assembled at the site of the new North Melbourne Station