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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

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4 - 14 June

Victoria Street

Closure of the slow westbound lane on Victoria Street for sampling and testing of 14 groundwater monitoring wells, between Swanston and Therry streets.

Following these works, closure of the middle and fast westbound lanes for sampling and testing of four groundwater monitoring wells will commence.

These works will occur at night to minimise disruptions, from 7pm - 5am.

For more information, see the Victoria Street site investigations fact sheet (PDF, 1.3 MB).

May - 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).

May

La Trobe Street

Traffic signal updates, kerb modifications, and line marking will occur to aid the flow of traffic during works. These works are outside of peak periods to minimise impacts to traffic.

To support works site amenities are installed in four car park spaces near the Empire Building, on the east side of Wills Street. This is in place from 9 May and concludes the end of May.

Impacts:

  • Temporary lane and intersection closures will occur during night work with detours in place.
  • Traffic management will direct pedestrians, cyclists, and road users during works.
  • Asbestos contractors will ensure the safe removal of any potential asbestos and safety of the public.
  • Removal of select kerbside parking.
  • Expect medium-high levels of noise.

These works will take place at the following times:

  • La Trobe and William Street intersection:
    • Up to 1 week between early to mid-May.
    • 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
    • 7am - 1pm, Saturdays.
    • 7pm - 5am, Sunday to Thursday.
  • La Trobe and Queen Street intersection:
    • Up to 1 week between early to mid-May.
    • 7pm - 5am, Sunday to Thursday.
  • La Trobe and Elizabeth Street intersection:
    • Up to 2 weeks between early to mid-May.
    • 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
    • 7am - 1pm, Saturdays.
    • 7pm - 5am, Sunday to Thursday.
  • La Trobe and Swanston Street intersection:
    • Up to 1 week between early to mid-May.
    • 7pm - 5am, Sunday to Thursday.
  • La Trobe and Russell Street intersection:
    • Up to 2 weeks before the end of May.
    • 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
    • 7am - 1pm, Saturdays.
    • 7pm - 5am, Sunday to Thursday.
  • La Trobe and Exhibition Street intersection:
    • Up to 2 weeks before the end of May.
    • 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
    • 7am - 1pm, Saturdays.
    • 7pm - 5am, Sunday to Thursday.

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

10 - 18 May

City Square

Large equipment will arrive at the City Square site. Deliveries require a closure of the northern footpath of Flinders Lane, between Swanston and Regent streets. These works will take place between 7am-6pm.

Traffic on Flinders Lane will temporarily stop for up to 3 minutes at intermittent times.

Traffic controllers will direct pedestrians, cyclists, and road users around the work area.

Expect moderate-high levels of noise.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 362.1 KB).

7 - 16 May

Federation Square

Performing cable repair works, installing, and testing the four groundwater monitoring wells along Princes Walk from 7am to 6pm, weekdays and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays. These works include:

  • High levels of noise during excavation, ground breaking and non-destructive drilling activities.
  • Active traffic management in place around work sites.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 853.2 KB).

2 - 30 May

Tennis Centre Access Road, Melbourne

There will be high levels of noise during ground breaking and non-destructive drilling activities.

The noise generated by subsequent drilling activities will be similar to that of an idle truck engine.

A section of the eastbound lane on Tennis Access Road will be temporarily closed during works. Access will be maintained in both directions.

Traffic management will be in place to safely guide cyclists and vehicles around the work area.

Up to 3 car parking spaces may be occupied during the works.

Access for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained at all times during these works.

For more information, see the notification (PDF, 1.5 MB).

10 February - 15 June

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.

The final phase of demolition works will occur 21 - 30 May from 7am - 5pm, 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).

30 April - 30 May

Southbank, Melbourne

Upcoming works installing seven groundwater monitoring wells in the Southbank area, including Queen Victoria Gardens, Sturt Street, and near the Arts Centre Works will occur 7am to 6pm every day and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

There will be high levels of noise during ground breaking and non-destructive drilling activities.

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

Up to three on-street car parking spaces in each location may be occupied during the works.

For more information, see the investigations fact sheet (PDF, 1.1 MB).

13 April - 19 May

Russell Street and Elizabeth Street

Locating underground services to determine appropriate locations to install three groundwater monitoring wells on Elizabeth Street and three on Russell Street. Works will take place from 7am to 6pm, weekdays and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

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

Up to six on-street car parking spaces in each location may be occupied during the works

There will be high levels of noise during ground breaking and non-destructive drilling activities.

For more information see the Russell Street (PDF, 1.8 MB) and Elizabeth Street notifications (PDF, 1.8 MB).

9 April - 28 May

Yarra River

Upcoming works include investigations to finalise CYP’s design and construction methodology for the twin nine-kilometre tunnels and five underground stations. Works will occur 7am to 6pm every day. Night Works will occur from 23 April to 12 May, 7pm to 6am, weekdays. These works include:

  • Drilling one geotechnical borehole on the pathway along the banks of the Yarra River, east of Princes Bridge.
  • Drilling two geotechnical boreholes in the Yarra River, on the east and west sides of Princes Bridge.
  • Geophysical and seismic testing.

Impacts to be aware of:

  • A barge will be set up on the Yarra River. The northern arch of Princes Bridge will be closed during works involving the barge.
  • High levels of noise.
  • Geophysical and seismic surveys must be undertaken at night.
  • Access for pedestrians, cyclists and river users will be maintained.

For more information, see the works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Three groundwater monitoring wells will be installed at Boat House Drive (behind the Richmond Rowing Club) from 3 April - 28 May.

These works are expected to make low levels of noise, with periods of high levels, during work hours of 7am to 6pm, weekdays, and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Ongoing until July

Bouverie Street

From early March, various works require the closure of Bouverie Street at the intersection of Victoria Street. Access will be maintained via Queensberry Street.

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

Ongoing until end of May

Victoria Street

Groundwater Monitoring

Targeted site investigation activities will continue to confirm modelling of the groundwater movement on both sides of Victoria Street, between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street.

Works will take place 7am to 6pm, weekdays and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays from 20 April until 26 May.

From early March, Bouverie Street will be closed at the intersection of Victoria Street. Access will be maintained via Queensberry Street.

Expect periods of medium to high-level noise with the noisiest activities to occur as early as possible in the evening. Low-level noise works will take place between 12am and 7am.

South Victoria Street

From 8pm to 7am, investigations will involve non-destructive digging and saw cutting of the road surface. These investigations will confirm the locations for four boreholes to be drilled in the westbound lanes.

North Victoria Street

Drilling works for service investigations will commence 7am to 6pm, weekdays and 7am -5pm, Saturdays. Additionally, works may occur from 6pm to 7am, Sunday to Friday.

These investigations will be used to confirm the locations for 16 boreholes to be drilled in the eastbound kerbside lane of Victoria Street.

The next phase of works involves pit and piping to connect each borehole from Swanston Street on the north-east side of Victoria Street. These works are ongoing until July and will follow the same hours as aforementioned.

Site amenities will be placed in Bouverie Street in the kerbside car parks between Victoria Street and Bouverie Place. These amenities will be in place for the duration of works.

There will be further stages of pit and pipe works from July to connect boreholes currently being drilled. Further information will be provided on the next stage of works in future construction updates

For more information, see the April and May update (PDF, 3.5 MB) and the works notification (PDF, 3.1 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.

From mid-April, 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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