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Metro Tunnel

Traffic and transport changes

To ensure the safe completion of Metro Tunnel works there are temporary changes to some traffic routes in Kensington.

Extension of Childers Street closure

We recently sought feedback from the community on a proposal to extend the current closure of Childers Street to enable the ongoing and safe completion of major works within the western tunnel entrance construction site.

After careful consideration, the closure of Childers Street to public traffic and the use of the Derby and Tennyson streets detour for over-height vehicles (3.4 metres and above) accessing the Lloyd Street Business Estate (LSBE) will be extended until mid-September 2021.

Residents can still access Childers and Tennyson streets (south of the truncation) via the detour route along Derby and Tennyson streets and Kensington Road. A boom gate is installed on Tennyson Street to provide access.

Over-height vehicle detour

There may be short-term closures and traffic management arrangements required beyond mid-September 2021 until the project’s completion in 2025. Any additional closures will be managed in accordance with future works programs and with community engagement.

Why has the closure been extended?

Recent design and program reviews identified a need for additional construction activities at the Childers Street worksite between now and mid-September 2021.

These additional activities would likely have resulted in frequent obstructions to through traffic, potential safety hazards, queuing onto Kensington Road and unreasonable vehicle delays.

It was therefore deemed unsafe and impractical to open Childers Street before September 2021.  

The upcoming works include:

  • Tunnel entrance structure works
  • Rail corridor works
  • Childers Street drainage works
  • Commencement of public realm works
  • Underground utility connections (sewer and water) for egress building
  • Installation of shield trench beneath Childers Street to protect utility assets
  • Removal of temporary capping beam
  • Decommissioning of temporary recharge well system
  • Public realm and station forecourt works
  • Removal of monitoring points underneath Childers Street.

Construction in Kensington, September 2020

Responding to community feedback

We are committed to addressing the following key themes that emerged from community feedback on extending the Childers Street closure:

  • Introducing additional traffic management safety measures to ensure all road users and pedestrians are aware of traffic conditions
  • Minimising the use of the detour overnight and reducing associated impacts from trucks
  • Providing additional vehicle monitoring during coronavirus restrictions and specific monitoring of all vehicle volumes on Derby Street
  • Providing detail on both the works which require the road closure extension and the traffic arrangements that will be in place after mid-September 2021.

We would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on the proposal to extend the closure of Childers Street. We encourage you to contact us if you have any further questions.

Reduced detour traffic at night

The project has worked closely with the Lloyd Street Business Estate (LSBE) to minimise vehicle movements overnight. A small number of vehicles will continue to use the detour overnight for necessary business.

We will continue to engage with garbage collection vehicles servicing the LSBE to minimise collections overnight.

We will continue to review works to ensure that truck numbers remain low. We encourage anyone to contact us if they would like to discuss this further.

Traffic management at Kensington

Getting around during construction

Pedestrians and cyclists

The shared use path on the southern side of Childers Street is temporarily closed to pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Pedestrians can use the pathway along JJ Holland Park on the northern side of Childers Street
  • Cyclists are detoured via Kensington Road and Altona Street. Wayfinding signage is in place.


There are 25 unrestricted all-day parking spaces available for public use at the corner of Hobsons and Kensington roads.

Please note this car park will be closed at the beginning of 2021 to facilitate construction of new rail infrastructure (date of closure to be confirmed). Information on alternative parking will be provided.

South Kensington station

South Kensington station remains open and operating. However, there will be occasional closures to facilitate major construction activities. We will provide advanced notification of any closures or train-replacement bus services.