Traffic and transport changes
From 1 August 2018, a 160 metre-long section of Childers Street between the Bill Vanina Pavilion and Ormond Street was closed to through traffic to enable stage one of construction.
This closure is necessary to enable excavation of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) retrieval shaft and the construction of supporting infrastructure.
From 9 January 2019 the remaining length of Childers Street (from Kensington Road to Ormond Street) will be closed to enable stage two of construction. Stage two will involve construction of the decline structure and new track required to tie the Metro Tunnel into the existing Sunbury rail line.
Childers Street is expected to remain closed to through traffic until late 2022, however during this time dedicated access will be provided for residents on Childers Street and Tennyson Street (south of the truncation) and over-height vehicles accessing the western entrance of the Lloyd Street Business Estate.
Getting around the area during construction
While Childers Street is closed to traffic, the shared use path on the southern side of Childers Street will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians will need to use the pathway that runs along JJ Holland Park on the northern side of Childers Street.
Cyclists will be detoured via Kensington Road and Altona Street. Wayfinding signage will be in place to direct cyclists.
During stage one, parking will be maintained on Childers Street, west of the construction site. A U-Turn facility will be constructed to allow vehicles to turn around. Approximately five car parking spaces will be occupied on Childers Street.
During stage two, once the full length of Childers Street has been closed to traffic, long-term temporary car parking will be provided at the corner of Hobsons and Kensington Roads. The temporary car park will be built ahead of the full closure of Childers Street.
South Kensington station
South Kensington station will remain open and operational throughout construction.
Access to South Kensington station will generally be maintained, however there may be times when the station is closed to facilitate major construction activities. We will provide advanced notification of any closures or train-replacement bus services.
During stage one of works vehicles can use the U-Turn facility to drop off or pick up passengers at South Kensington station.
Access for residents
Residents of Childers Street and Tennyson Street (south of the truncation) will be permitted to travel through the closed section of Childers Street under traffic management.
A temporary vehicle turnaround area has been constructed at the corner of Childers and Ormond streets. This allows construction vehicles to enter and exit the work site from Kensington Road, travel along Childers Street and turn around within the construction site.
The turnaround area is an important component of the traffic management strategy which will enable the project to uphold its commitment to keep construction trucks and vehicles off residential streets at all times.
This work involved some minor modifications to the southern end of the Ormond Street truncation, however Ormond Street will remain closed to through traffic during construction.
Lloyd Street Business Estate over-height vehicle detour
Over-height vehicle access to the eastern entrance of the Lloyd Street Business Estate is restricted by the two rail bridges located on Lloyd Street. Accordingly, the project is required to maintain over-height vehicle access to the Business Estate via Childers Street.
During the closure of Childers Street, a dedicated lane will be maintained within the worksite for use by construction traffic and over-height vehicles requiring access to and from the Lloyd Street Business Estate. However, there will be limited times when construction activities within the site mean that it is not possible for any vehicles to safely pass through the construction site.
During these limited times, a temporary detour route will be provided for over-height vehicles along Derby and Tennyson streets. This detour route will be actively managed by traffic controllers, to monitor these movements and ensure the safety of all road users and local residents.
It is important to note that this detour will only be required for limited times during construction, and not for the full duration of the Childers Street closure.
Maintaining access for over-height vehicles is crucial for businesses within the Lloyd Street Business Estate. Please note that only over-height vehicles accessing the Lloyd Street Business Estate will be detoured on local streets.
All construction traffic will enter and exit the Childers Street site from Kensington Road.
All standard vehicles and smaller trucks (under 3.1 metres) requiring access to the Business Estate will be required to use the Lloyd Street entrance. Tennyson Street will remain truncated when the detour route is not in use. This arrangement will remain in place throughout the closure until late 2022.
Keeping the community safe
The safety of our workers and the local community is our number one priority, both within our work sites and the wider Kensington area.
Entrances to the Childers Street worksite will be managed by gate keepers, who will ensure construction traffic, the Lloyd Street Business Estate’s over-height vehicles and pedestrians are kept safe when moving through the area.
When the over-height vehicle detour route is in place to maintain access for over-height vehicles, additional safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. School crossing will be supervised.
These will include reduced speed limits and traffic controllers stationed along the detour route when in use to ensure trucks are able to turn safely and ensure pedestrians and cyclists can safely move around the area.
Some modifications to the road network are required to prepare both the over-height vehicle and bicycle detour routes. These changes have been designed to safely move people around Kensington while construction takes place.
- Modifying the truncation at the southern end of Tennyson Street to level the road and allow vehicles to access Childers Street and the Business Estate during times when the detour route is activated.
- Installing removable barriers at the southern end of Tennyson Street to ensure it remains closed when the detour route is not in use.
- Removing the traffic island on Kensington Road, just south of the Derby Street intersection.
- Modifying the truncation at Altona Street to enable access for cyclists.
- Some tree trimming on Derby and Tennyson streets.