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Kensington precinct work notifications

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Work is now underway in the Kensington Precinct to support construction of western tunnel entrance of the Metro Tunnel.

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TimingWhere What's happening

July 2020

Kensington Road

From late June, work will commence to remove the temporary gantry across Kensington Road, adjacent to the existing rail bridge.

Gantry preparation works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays
  • 22 June to mid-July 2020

Hobsons Road car park will be closed 5pm, Monday 6 July to 11:59pm, Friday 9 July.

Kensington Road, Childers Street and Hobsons Road will be closed from 7pm to 5:30am, Tuesday
7 to Wednesday 8 July (subject to weather conditions). Detours will be in place to direct
traffic around the area.

Road closures may be required on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 July if work cannot be completed in one night.

For further details, see the Kensington Road overnight closure works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 1.9 MB).

June to August 2020

Childers Street

Piling works will commence in June to construct a sump box adjacent to the Egress shaft. The sump is located beneath the tunnel entrance ground slab and collects runoff water from the tunnel entrance.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 6pm, Saturdays.

Works to complete concrete pours associated with piling works may continue until 7pm Monday to Friday, and 6pm on Saturdays.

These activities are expected to generate periods of medium to high level noise while the piling rig is drilling.

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).

May to July 2020

Childers Street

At the Western Portal, an egress building will be constructed using the TBM retrieval shaft as its foundation and basement. The first stage of works involves completing the underground structure of the egress building in preparation for the above ground structure to be built above it later in the year.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).

May 2020 to early 2021

Arden Station site to Kensington

Works to construct the four cross passages between the Arden Station site and western tunnel entrance at Kensington will continue in June.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

These works are not expected to be audible at surface level.

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).

June 2020

Childers Street and Hobsons Road

D-wall construction will be completed by mid-June. Following this, work will commence to remove all D-wall machinery from the Childers Street worksite.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 3:30pm, Saturdays, ongoing to 30 June 2020

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).

Ongoing to late-July 2020

Childers Street

Capping beams, propping, tunnel entrance excavation and base slab construction works will occur until late 2020.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Concrete pours for the tunnel entrance base slab will commence at 6am due to the size of the concrete pour.

Break back works are expected to generate periods of high-level noise.

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).

Mid-June to July 2020

Hobsons Road and Kensington Road

Once D-wall works are complete, the bentonite plant located at the Hobsons Road site will be decommissioned and removed. This involves cleaning and removing bentonite silos, shipping containers, a mixing plant, generators, pipes, pumps and site offices.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Some activities will require intermittent closures of up to 30 car parking spaces in the Hobsons Road car park to ensure that equipment can be lifted by cranes safely.

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).

Ongoing to late-June 2020

Lloyd Street

Lloyd Street reinstatement works will continue in June with reinstatement of asphalt, line marking and signage works.

These works will occur:

  • Some work is required outside of normal construction hours

Access to and from the Lloyd Street Business Estate will be maintained at all times.

Intermittent overnight closures of Lloyd Street will be required.

Sections of Lloyd and Radcliffe Street will be intermittently reduced to one lane during the day

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).

June to July 2020

Between South Kensington station and Footscray

Rail corridor works will be ongoing until Monday 6 July. Works will involve installing new communications and signalling cable casings underneath South Kensington station platforms and across the Maribyrnong River bridge, undertaking site investigations with a non-destructive digging (NDD) truck, construction of temporary working platforms along the rail corridor and concreting works along the existing rail corridor embankment.

These works will occur:

  • Some works are required to take place out of normal construction hours

These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise while installing cable casings, site investigation, earthworks and concreting works.

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).


While excavation activities occur, occasional overnight works may be required within the rail corridor to undertake track maintenance works to ensure trains can continue to operate safely on the network.

These works will occur:

  • 12am to 4am, Mondays and Thursdays, ongoing to late 2020

Maintenance works may generate low to medium levels of noise.

For further details, see the June construction update (PDF, 2.1 MB).


Installation of steel pipes and posts for new signalling cables will occur until July. This involves the use of excavators and dump trucks operating within the rail corridor.

These works will occur:

  • 24/7, 8pm, Friday 26 June to 7pm, 30 Tuesday June 2020 (South Kensington station)
  • 8pm, Friday 26 June to 5am, Monday 6 July 2020 (Maribyrnong River).

The works are expected to generate medium of level noise

For further details, see the June to July out of hours works notification (PDF, 1.8 MB).


Earthworks and site investigations will include the use of an excavator to undertake embankment stabilising works between the tunnel entrance and the existing rail corridor.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Friday 26 June to Sunday 5 July 2020.

The works are expected to generate medium of level noise.

For further details, see the June to July out of hours works notification (PDF, 1.8 MB).


Installation of foundations and overhead wiring structures from Maribyrnong River to Footscray station.

These works will occur:

  • 24/7, 8pm, Friday 26 June to 5am, Monday 6 July 2020.

The works are expected to generate medium of level noise.

For further details, see the June to July out of hours works notification (PDF, 1.8 MB).

DateNotice
02 Jul 2020 Kensington construction update, July 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
22 Jun 2020 Kensington, overnight road closure works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
12 Jun 2020 Kensington out of hours works notification, June to July 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
05 Jun 2020 Kensington construction update, June 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
29 Apr 2020 Kensington construction update, May 2020.pdf (PDF, 2.1 MB)
01 Apr 2020 Kensington construction update, April 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
25 Feb 2020 Kensington TBM retrieval and breakthrough, March to April 2020 (PDF, 473.3 KB)
25 Feb 2020 Kensington construction update, March 2020 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
20 Jan 2020 Kensington, TBM retrieval and breakthrough, February to April 2020 (PDF, 456.2 KB)
20 Jan 2020 Kensington construction update, February 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
10 Jan 2020 Kensington out of hours works, January 2020 to April 2020 (PDF, 343.7 KB)
03 Dec 2019 Kensington construction update, December 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
15 Nov 2019 Kensington out of hours works, November 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
04 Nov 2019 Kensington construction update, November 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
07 Oct 2019 Kensington construction update, October 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
16 Sep 2019 Kensington out of hours works, September to October 2019 (PDF, 153.3 KB)
11 Sep 2019 Kensington, long term closure of Childers Street, September 2019 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
02 Sep 2019 Kensington construction update, September 2019 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
26 Aug 2019 Kensington construction update, August 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
05 Aug 2019 Kensington out of hours works, August 2019 (PDF, 192.3 KB)
17 Jul 2019 Kensington out of hours works, July 2019 (PDF, 182.2 KB)
09 Jul 2019 Kensington construction update, July 2019 (PDF, 822.6 KB)
27 Jun 2019 Kensington, road closures, July 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
31 May 2019 Kensington construction update, June 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
14 May 2019 Kensington construction update supplement, May 2019 (PDF, 183.3 KB)
25 Jan 2019 Kensington over-height vehicle detour, January to February 2019 (PDF, 361.7 KB)
17 Jan 2019 Kensington pump test, January 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
10 Jan 2019 Kensington construction update, January 2019 (PDF, 485.4 KB)
27 Dec 2018 Kensington, Childers Street closure, January 2019 (PDF, 190.3 KB)
03 Dec 2018 Kensington construction update, December to January 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)