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Kensington precinct work notifications

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

11 June until late-June

Lloyd Street

Works to install ground monitoring equipment beneath the Lloyd Street bride will be undertaken at night to reduce impacts to Lloyd Street.

These works will occur:

  • 7pm to 5am, Tuesday 11 June until late-June.

As a result, Lloyd Street will be closed in both directions each night, between Radcliffe Street and the eastern entrance to the Lloyd Street Business Estate at Bakehouse Road.

Access to the Lloyd Street Business Estate will be maintained via both Arden and Childers streets.

These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise.

For further details, see the June works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Mid-June

Hobsons Road and Balmer Street

Works to upgrade the water connection to the Hobsons Road site office will take place in mid-June.

These works will occur:

  • Three days in mid-June.

These works are expected to generate high levels of noise.

For further details, see the June works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Ongoing-mid 2019

Hobsons and Kensington roads

Works to install a temporary scaffold structure from the Hobsons Road site to the Childers Street site will continue until mid-2019.

These works will occur:

  • Ongoing to mid-2019.

These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise and medium to high levels of vibration.

For further details, see the May works notification (PDF, 409.3 KB).


Installing a temporary bentonite facility, including pipes and storage tanks which will pump bentonite clay from the Hobsons Road site to the Childers Street site.

These works will occur:

  • April to mid-2019.

These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise and medium to high levels of vibration.

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

April 2019- mid- 2019

Childers Street

Steel installation and concreting works will be undertaken to stabilise the rail corridor embankment area.

These works will occur:

  • June to mid-2019.

These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise as well as low levels of vibration.

For further details, see the June works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


Below ground surface guide walls will be installed prior to installing diaphragm walls (D-walls) to widen the existing rail corridor, enabling construction access to the rail corridor.

These works will occur:

  • April to mid-2019.

These works are expected to generate periods of medium level noise and low vibration.

For further details, see the May works notification (PDF, 409.3 KB).


Works to prepare for the installation of diaphragm walls (D-walls) that will form the structure of the western tunnel entrance will start in April.

These works will occur:

  • Monday 8 April to mid-2019.

These works are expected to generate high levels of noise, and low of vibration.

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).


Bored piling works for the tunnel boring machine (TBM) retrieval shaft adjacent to South Kensington station will continue throughout April.

These works will occur:

  • April to mid-July.

These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise.

For further details, see the June works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Until mid-2019

Lloyd Street and McLennan Drive

Ground improvement works to strengthen the ground ahead of cross passage construction with works being held 24/7 to minimise traffic impacts.

Impacts include:

  • Non-destructive digging to locate and protect services.
  • Laying pipes beneath Lloyd Street.
  • The overnight closure of Lloyd Street, from Radcliffe Street to the eastern entrance of the Lloyd Street business estate. Access to the business estate will be maintained via Childers Street during these closures.

Until late 2019

Hobsons Road

Site preparation and establishment at the future western tunnel entrance.

This includes:

  • Installation of temporary site fencing, hoarding, site offices and worker amenities
  • Site clearing activities
  • Low to medium levels of noise.

Asbestos removal

Asbestos has been found on the Hobsons Road site previously and we anticipate more asbestos may be found during these works. The site will be monitored during works, and any asbestos found will be removed by independent occupational hygienists, in accordance with WorkSafe Victoria’s Compliance Code 2008 for Removing Asbestos in Workplaces. Removal of asbestos-containing material by licensed removalists does not post any safety risk to site staff or the public.

Traffic impacts

Traffic management will be in place on Hobsons Road to facilitate site deliveries which may result in short delays of up to five minutes.

For more information, see the November notification (PDF, 1.9 MB).