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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

March to April 2020

Kensington

The project’s first tunnel boring machine (TBM) has now completed tunnelling from the site of the new Arden Station towards Kensington. Once each TBM ‘breaks through’ into the retrieval shaft, the front shield components will be disassembled, lifted out of the shaft and returned to the new Arden Station site via road transport. The rear (gantry) sections will be transported back via the constructed tunnel.

Works will occur:

  • 24 hours, from mid-February until April 2020.

For further details see the TBM breakthrough and retrieval update, March to April 2020 (PDF, 473.3 KB).

March 2020

Kensington Road

Works will occur for the relocation of power pole support cable on Kensington Road.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, Early to mid March 2020

Traffic management including lane closures and minor footpath detours will be required on Kensington Road for these works.

For further details see the March construction update (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Ongoing to late 2020

Childers Street

Tunnel entrance excavation has commenced and will continue throughout 2020. Earthworks will continue, including use of excavators to remove material and a vibrating roller placing crushed rock to construct new
access ramps and a stable working platform within the tunnel entrance.

These works will occur:

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

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

These works will involve increased truck movements along Childers Street, Hobsons Road and Kensington Road.

For further details see the March construction update (PDF, 1.1 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, Monday and Thursdays.
  • For up to four nights per month, however it is unlikely that all Monday and Thursday shifts will be required.

Maintenance works may generate low to medium levels of noise.

For further details see the March construction update (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Ongoing until March 2020

Lloyd Street

Overnight closures of Lloyd Street will be required during tunnel cross passage reinstatement works in March.

These works will occur:

  • Out of hours. Further notification will be provided once closure dates are confirmed.

For further details see the March construction update (PDF, 1.1 MB).

March 2020

Lloyd Street to Maribyrnong River

Rail corridor works will occur to install train signaling cable boxes underneath South Kensington station platform and new signaling pipes underneath rail tracks between Kensington Road bridge and the
Maribyrnong River, which involves excavators digging a trench, installing new pipes, and reinstating the existing track.

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours, from 9pm Friday 5 March to 5am Monday 9 March.

These works will take place 24/7 and generate medium levels of noise and high levels of noise while the NDD truck is operating.

For further details see the March construction update (PDF, 1.1 MB).

February to April 2020

From North Melbourne to Kensington

The project’s first two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) continue tunnelling from the site of Arden Station towards Kensington.

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours, from mid-February until April 2020

Out of hours works are required to facilitate the delivery of oversized equipment and transportation of TBM pieces.

Further information around work hours will be provided to adjacent properties once confirmed.

These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise.

For further details see out of hours works notification (PDF, 473.3 KB).

February 2020

Kensington

Major works to prepare the tunnel boring machine (TBM) retrieval shaft for the arrival of the project’s
first two TBMs are nearly complete. Works are continuing to construct diaphragm walls (D-walls)
and tunnel entrance excavation will commence in the coming weeks.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
    7am to 1pm, Saturdays.
  • 24 hour works are sometimes required during peak construction activities.

Childers Street is closed to all traffic until September 2020.

Over-height vehicles accessing the Lloyd Street Business Estate and Childers Street residents are
required to detour via Kensington Road, Derby Street and Tennyson Street during this time.

Traffic controllers are in place on Kensington Road and Childers Street to assist trucks reversing into site.

For further details see the March construction update (PDF, 1.1 MB).


Capping beam works will be undertaken in stages once D-wall sections are installed.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday February to mid-2020.

These are expected to generate periods of high-level noise during normal working hours.

For further details see the March construction update (PDF, 1.1 MB).

January to April 2020

Childers Street worksite

Due to the ongoing challenges with ground conditions, a revised approach to completing D-wall works at the Childers Street worksite will result in extended working hours from January to April 2020.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday
  • Monday 20 January to April 2020.

Traffic controllers will be in place on Kensington Road to assist with trucks reversing into site.

Works may extend slightly past 11pm on some nights to ensure concrete pours can be completed. Conversely, works may cease earlier on some nights if a D-wall panel cannot be completed in time.

There will be periods of low level noise as works are completed.

For further details, see the Kensington January to April out of hours works notification (PDF, 343.7 KB).

Ongoing

From North Melbourne towards Kensington

The project's first TBM is now tunnelling from the site of the Arden Station towards Kensington. The second TBM has also commenced tunnelling from the same site.

On average the TBMs will move around 10 metres every 24 hours.

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours, ongoing until early 2020.

Properties located near tunnelling will be contacted with further information prior to the TBM approaching their area.

For further details, see the December to January works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).

December 2019

Childers Street

Tunnel entrance excavation will start in early February and is expected to continue throughout 2020.

These works will occur:

  • February to March 2020.

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

For further details see the February construction update (PDF, 1.2 MB)


TBM retrieval shaft works using cranes and trucks to remove the excavated material will occur until late January 2020.

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 6pm, Saturdays
  • 9am to 7pm, Sundays
  • Ongoing until 20 December 2019 and 13 January to late January 2020.

The shaft's concrete base is now complete. Works to construct the internal walls have commenced. Struts will be progressively removed as the internal walls are constructed. Out of hours works will include steel fixing and installation of form work.

For further details, see the December to January works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


D-wall break back and capping beam works will occur after Stage 1 D-walls are complete, from late October to mid-2020.

These works will occur:

  • During normal construction hours.

These works will be undertaken in stages, with activity undertaken in approximately three-week blocks once sections of D-walls are installed.

These works are expected to generate high levels of noise.

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


Approach structure construction, steel installation and concrete works will occur at Childers Street from mid-December until early 2020.

These works will occur:

  • During normal construction hours.

Earthworks including excavation of materials, placement of new materials and use of a vibrating roller will be undertaken. These works are expected to generate medium level noise and medium to high levels of vibration associated with the use of the vibrating roller.

These works are expected to generate medium level noise.

For further details, see the December to January works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Ongoing until early 2020

Lloyd Street

Tunnel cross passage reinstatement works are occuring at Lloyd Street until early 2020.

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours until early 2020

Lloyd Street will remain in its current temporary alignment until after the TBMs have passed underneath the area. This will allow for on-site monitoring of the Lloyd Street bridge during tunnelling.

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

For further details, see the December to January works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB)

DateNotice
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)
13 Dec 2018 Kensington construction update, December 2018 (PDF, 362.5 KB)
03 Dec 2018 Kensington construction update, December to January 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
02 Nov 2018 Kensington construction update, November 2018 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
25 Oct 2018 Kensington construction update, October to November 2018 (PDF, 270.8 KB)