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Metro Tunnel

Construction in Melbourne CBD

Two new CBD stations will include direct underground connections to Flinders Street and Melbourne Central stations, allowing passengers to easily transfer between Metro Tunnel and City Loop services.

Current work notifications

TimingWhere What is happening?

June - July

City Square

Temporary removal of approximately ten metres of site hoarding from the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street. This will be replaced with secure temporary fencing to allow for oversized equipment to be delivered at night. Some of this work will be undertaken adjacent to the Swanston street footpath.

Night works and traffic changes will take place overnight between 10pm and 5am, on Monday 23 July, and from Sunday 29 July to Tuesday 31 July, to deliver oversized equipment to the City Square site.

The following traffic changes will be in place during these works:

  • Between 1am and 5am, Swanston Street will be closed between Flinders Street and Collins Street. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained
  • Between 10pm and 5am, Flinders Lane between Russell Street and Regents Place will be closed. Access for local traffic will be maintained between Russell Street and Regents Place. Access to Flinders Lane between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street will be via Elizabeth Street. Traffic controllers will direct vehicles safely up Flinders Lane.
  • Between 10pm and 5am, the eastern footpath on Swanston Street between Collins Street and Flinders Lane and the northern footpath on Flinders Lane, between Swanston Street and Regents Place, will be closed.

Traffic management will be in place to safely guide pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles around the work areas. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times during these works.

For more information, see the Town Hall July works update (PDF, 3.4 MB).

24 July

Flinders Street

The next phase of construction in the CBD precinct requires out of hours utilities works and the overnight closure of the eastbound lanes on Flinders Street (between Degraves and Swanston streets) on 24 July from 10pm to 6am.

Detours will be in place via Elizabeth Street, Collins Street and Russell Street.

Access for local traffic to enter or exit Degraves Street will be maintained. Please obey signage.

The northern footpath on Flinders Street will be closed between Degraves Street and Flinders Street. Pedestrian diversions will be in place. Please obey signage.

Traffic management will be in place to safely guide pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles around the work areas

Access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.

For more information, see the Flinders Street lane closure notification (PDF, 3.8 MB)

16 - 26 July

Yarra River

Installing three groundwater monitoring wells and drilling one geotechnical borehole. Impacts include:

  • These works are expected to generate high levels of noise during ground breaking and nondestructive drilling activities. Subsequent drilling activities are expected to generate medium levels of noise
  • Recharge testing will involve water being injected into the groundwater monitoring wells. Recharge testing is expected to generate low levels of noise
  • Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained during these works, although some diversions and short delays may be required.

For more information read the site investigations on the Yarra River (PDF, 1.9 MB) notice.

8 July - 21 August

Victoria Street

We will be undertaking works to connect groundwater monitoring stations on Victoria Street (between Swanston and Therry streets). These stations will allow us to monitor groundwater conditions during construction:

  • Access to RMIT Building 100 and the Audi Centre car park will be maintained at all times
  • Two lanes on Victoria Street will be maintained in both directions during the day
  • Night works will also be necessary. One lane in each direction on Victoria Street will be maintained during night works
  • Bouverie Street will remain closed at the intersection of Victoria Street
  • Up to 12 car parking spaces will be occupied in the centre median of Bouverie Street
  • There will be no access into Therry Street from Victoria Street during these works
  • These works are expected to generate periods of medium to high level noise during the day
  • Works will be planned to ensure noisier activities, including road sawing and non-destructive digging occur before 10pm, where possible
  • The temporary removal of four car parking spaces on Therry Street is needed to allow for bus movements
  • Active traffic management will be in place to safely guide pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles around work areas

For more information, see the Victoria Street works notice (PDF, 390.3 KB).

11 - 12 July

Franklin Street

There will be two site investigation sites:

  • The eastbound lane, adjacent to the Metro Tunnel work site
  • Keep Clear zones adjacent to 87 Franklin Street and 113 Franklin Street

Traffic management will safely guide pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists around the work site. The eastbound lane on Franklin Street will be closed during testing of the well. This work is expected to generate low levels of noise.

8 July

Rainbow Alley

Site investigations from 7 am to 6pm.

This work is expected to generate low levels of noise with intermittent periods of high level noise during drilling.

Traffic controllers will be on site to safely guide pedestrians, cyclists, and road users around the work area.

This work is a continuation of the site investigations (PDF, 1.0 MB) already taking place in Rainbow Alley.

11 July

Scott Alley

Cleaning and grouting works will take place in Scott Alley between 6am and 9am.

The high-pressure cleaning is expected to generate high levels of noise and grouting works to fill small holes in the bluestone in the laneway is expected to generate low levels of noise.

Access to residences and businesses in Scott Alley will be maintained at all times. A traffic controller will be in place to provide access for residents and business customers during these works.

Until 13 July

Southbank

We are installing 4 groundwater monitoring wells in the Southbank area on Southgate Avenue, Fanning Street and east of St Kilda Road near the Main Yarra Trail.

This work involves non-destructive drilling, a temporary fenced work site, and drilling to install the well.

Works will take place from 7am – 6pm, Wednesday 20 June to Friday 13 July 2018, and between 7am - 1pm, Saturdays (if required).

The northbound left-hand turn lane on Fanning Street will be closed during ground water well installation.

For more information, see the Site Investigations, Southbank notification PDF, 742.8 KB).

Until mid-July 2018

Swanston Street

Internal strip out of the former KFC building is underway. Demolition of the building to ground level is expected to begin in May.

Preparations on the Nicholas building requires out of hours works from 7am - 7pm commencing 28 May - 8 June. Additional works from 6pm - 6am from 30 May - 14 June (excluding Fridays and Saturdays) will occur to complete these preparation works.

These works include:

  • Between five and ten truck movements per day, entering via Swanston Street.
  • High levels of noise.
  • Mitigation strategies will be in place to minimise disruption to the community.
  • Vibration and noise monitoring.
  • Dust management.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 405.0 KB).

Until 14 July

Port Phillip Arcade

Removal of the Port Phillip Arcade fa├žade and King Neptune tiling is continuing.

The main sculpture is currently in storage until reinstated as part of the new Town Hall Station precinct.

Demolition works continue from 7am - 6pm, weekdays and 7am - 1pm, Saturdays.

There will be high levels of noise throughout the demolition works.

Dust, vibration, and noise will be monitored on-site using water sprays, scaffolding and cloth protection.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 405.0 KB).

Until July

La Trobe Street

Ongoing demolition of existing concrete slab throughout June. Ongoing archaeological investigations to continue until July.

Installation of scaffolding along La Trobe Street will take place for one week in mid-June.

What to be aware of:

  • Scaffolding installation on La Trobe Street will involve the closure of the northern footpath of La Trobe Street
  • Traffic management will be in place to safely guide pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles around work areas.

For more information, see the May La Trobe Street notification (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Ongoing

Franklin Street

Ongoing works within the acoustic shed will continue 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Truck access into the acoustic enclosure for the current phase of works will be via Swanston Street.

From mid-April, ongoing truck access into the acoustic closure will generally be via Swanston Street during the day (7am – 6pm) and via Victoria Street at night (6pm – 7am).

For more information, see the April and May works update (PDF, 3.5 MB).

Ongoing

Stewart and A'Beckett Streets

Ongoing works within the A'Beckett Street acoustic enclosure will continue 24 hour, 7 days a week including deliveries of materials.

Ongoing truck access into the acoustic closure will generally be via Swanston, Elizabeth, Franklin and Stewart streets during the day (7am to 6pm) and via Swanston Street at night (6pm to 7am).

For more information, see the April and May works update (PDF, 3.5 MB).

Overview of current works

Current works in the CBD 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 underground stations.

About the new stations

The two new CBD stations will be located underneath Swanston Street at each end of the city:

  • State Library under Swanston Street, between La Trobe Street and Franklin Street.
  • Town Hall under Swanston Street, between Flinders Street and Collins Street.

The new stations will more evenly distribute passenger flow and interchange movements in the inner core of Melbourne's rail network. Read more about the CBD stations.

To keep Swanston Street open and trams running while the Metro Tunnel is built, access shafts up to 11 storeys deep are being dug adjacent to Swanston Street at City Square, Franklin Street, A'Beckett Street and behind Young and Jackson Hotel.

Due to ground conditions and the number of building basements and foundations in the area, a mined tunnel will see the use of road header machines to excavate the tunnels and station caverns. Read more about building the CBD stations.

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