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Metro Tunnel

HV Tower Construction

Works are underway to remove and relocate the existing high voltage (HV) transmission towers ahead of construction of the Metro Tunnel.

These towers need to be permanently relocated away from Childers Street to make way for the construction and operation of the western tunnel entrance.


Works to string new HV transmission lines and restring (transfer) existing HV transmission lines between towers has commenced and will occur in two stages:

  • Ongoing stringing new transmission lines between permanent tower 33 on Hobsons Road and permanent tower 34, and from permanent tower 34 to permanent tower 35.
  • Safely restringing the existing transmission lines from the temporary towers along Childers Street to permanent tower 33 and permanent tower 34.

More information about these works was presented at the community meeting with residents in April (PDF, 3.2 MB).

Hours of work

Due to the location of these towers in close proximity to the live rail corridor, some activities need to be undertaken outside of normal working hours when trains are not running.

  • 6pm – 10pm, Friday 22 June (crane assembly)
  • 4am – 7am, Saturday 23 June (crane assembly)
  • 7am – 5pm, Saturday 23 June to Sunday 24 June.
  • 9pm – 5am, Sunday 24 to Thursday 28 June.

During crane assembly, construction lights will be used and powered by a low noise generator. We will position lights so they face away from residential properties, where possible

Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to safely guide pedestrians around the crane positioned in JJ Holland Park. Rubber matting will be in place on the western side of the crane to facilitate the pedestrian diversion over the grass area.

Traffic impacts

The weekend closure of Childers Street, between Kensington Road and Ormond Street, has been rescheduled and will now take place from 7am, Saturday 23 June until 5pm Sunday 24 June (weather permitting).

Hobsons Road will be closed between Kensington Road and Balmer Street from 7am to 5pm on Saturday 23 June.

These road closures are required to maintain public safety and accommodate the equipment required to undertake the transfer activities. Parking along Childers Street will be inaccessible during the road closures.

Traffic will reduce to one lane near South Kensington station during tower foundations removal from 7am to 6pm, Monday 25 June to Wednesday 4 July.

Traffic will operate as per normal at all other times. We understand the importance of access for the Lloyd Street Business Estate and Childers Street residents.

The intersection of Kensington and Hobsons roads will be reduced to 40km/hour and traffic may need to be stopped for 5-10 minutes at times.

The works on Childers Street will require a temporary closure of the shared use path on the southern side of the road. Pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted onto alternate pathways.

Access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Map showing the locations where the new permanent, temporary and existing locations.

Childers Street closures JuneTower dismantlement closures, 23 - 24 June and 30 June - 1 July.

High voltage transmission tower locations

Legacy high voltage transmission tower alignment

This image shows the legacy high voltage transmission tower alignment with the line running south of the railway line before crossing Kensington Road