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Work is now underway to support construction of Arden Station.

This page outlines a snapshot of works happening in the area, details of impacts and working hours, and downloads of notifications sent to nearby residents and businesses. Sign up for enews to receive notifications to your inbox.

Construction snapshot for February - March 2021

Work at and around the Arden Station site during February and March involves:

  • Realigning Laurens Street
  • Station services building construction
  • Tunnelling support
  • Station construction, including construction of the station box roof, removal of struts, platform and over-track exhaust construction, and preparatory works for construction of the station entrance
  • Cross passage construction
  • North Melbourne electrical substation construction
  • Utility investigations on Arden, Laurens, Barwise and Queensberry streets
  • Slurry treatment plant, water treatment plant and concrete batching plant operation
  • Out of hours oversize deliveries to and from site
  • Surveying, and sampling and testing of groundwater and soil
  • Transporting concrete from the concrete batching plant to other Metro Tunnel Project construction sites.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Laurens Street realignment

Laurens Street

From February 2021 until end 2023

From February 2021, Laurens Street will be realigned to support service relocations, and construction of the Arden Station entrance. This involves the narrowing of traffic and cyclist lanes and closures of sections of footpath and on street parking. Please see the enclosed works notification for further information regarding traffic, cyclist and pedestrian changes.

What we are doing

  • Closing on-street parking spaces on both sides of Laurens Street, from Arden Street to just south of Queensberry Street
  • Removing a section of timber hoarding and using a crane to install concrete barriers on the western side of Laurens Street to delineate the site footprint
  • Realigning traffic and bicycle lanes around the concrete barriers
  • Installing a pedestrian crossing on Laurens Street, south of Queensberry Street. This will enable pedestrians to safely cross Laurens Street while a section of footpath is closed
  • Closing the western footpath on Laurens Street, from Arden Street to just south of Queensberry Street
  • Investigating the need for tree trimming near the footpath on the western side of Laurens Street. Further advice will be provided to nearby residents and businesses prior to any tree trimming

What to be aware of

  • Laurens Street will be closed between Arden and Queensberry streets for approximately one day while the road is realigned, with local diversions in place.
  • Any remaining works on Laurens Street will be completed under partial road closure or shuttle flow arrangement for a period of up to three days
  • Vehicle and pedestrian access to businesses and properties will be maintained
  • There will be a reduction of approximately 47 unmarked on-street parking spaces
  • The speed limit on Laurens Street will be reduced to 40 km/h
  • Once station entrance construction is complete, Laurens Street will be realigned in late 2023. Further notification will be provided in advance of these works
  • Further information about the final station precinct design will be available in mid-late 2021.

Normal construction hours

Arden Station entrance construction

Arden Station site

From February 2021 until mid-2022

The first stage of works to prepare for construction of the station entrance located on Laurens Street involves installing piles that will support the station entrance structure. This is expected to commence in February and will involve:

  • Using a large piling rig to hammer 38 precast concrete piles into the ground
  • Driven piling is expected to generate periods of medium to high level noise and continue for approximately three weeks. All driven piling works will occur during normal construction hours
  • Construction of the station entrance structure is expected to commence in April 2021.

Normal construction hours

Arden Station services building construction

Arden Station site

From February until mid-2021

  • Installing steel reinforcement and formwork, including the use of cranes and hand tools, and pouring concrete to construct the building’s foundation and walls.

Normal construction hours

Tunnelling support

Arden Station site

Ongoing until mid-2021

  • Tunnelling between Parkville and the Melbourne CBD is ongoing
  • The Arden Station site will provide tunnel boring machine (TBM) and tunnelling support for the duration of tunnelling to the CBD. This involves delivery of tunnel lining segments, operation of the slurry and water treatment plants and transportation of excavated material 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • The project team will continue to undertake survey and monitoring activities at ground level along the tunnel alignment.

24 hour works

Tunnel internal structure works

Arden Station site

From February 2021

  • Works to construct the tunnel invert (floor) will commence in February
  • This involves pouring concrete within the tunnel in 100-metre-long sections
  • Works will commence at the western tunnel entrance in Kensington and move progressively east.

Normal construction hours

Cross passage construction

North Melbourne to Melbourne CBD

Ongoing

  • The Arden Station site will support cross passage construction at all cross passage sites between Kensington and the Town Hall Station site
  • In North Melbourne, cross passage construction involves installing waterproofing membrane and lining the cross passage tunnels using steel reinforcement and concrete
  • Each cross passage is expected to take approximately six months to construct. Works will occur concurrently at different cross passage sites
  • All works will be completed from within the completed section of tunnels and are expected to generate low levels of noise at surface level
  • Further information about cross passages can be found at metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

24 hour works

Station box construction

Arden Station site

Ongoing

  • Removing steel struts from within the station box using hand tools and cranes
  • Constructing the station roof using cranes, concrete trucks and pumps
  • At times, these activities may need to be undertaken at night and are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise
  • Concrete pouring activities may commence before 7am and extend beyond 6pm, Monday to Saturday. This may include the early arrival of concrete trucks to site and operation of the concrete batching plant
  • Oversized deliveries will occur at night, when roads are quieter, and are subject to permit conditions.

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Platform and over track exhaust (OTE) construction

Arden Station site

Ongoing until April 2021

Construction of the station platforms and OTE (tunnel ventilation) system commenced in January 2021.

  • This involves using cranes and hand tools to install precast concrete units within the station box
  • Works will be undertaken in two stages, taking approximately three months each. The second stage of works is expected to commence in mid-2021.

Normal construction hours

Utility investigation works

Arden, Laurens, Barwise and Queensberry streets, North Melbourne

Ongoing until March 2021

  • Service investigations will be undertaken intermittently in Arden, Laurens, Barwise and Queensberry streets
  • This involves the use of non-destructive digging (NDD) trucks to locate underground services and then reinstating the road surface and line marking
  • These activities are expected to generate periods of medium to loud noise
  • These works may include intermittent impacts to traffic, footpaths and on-street parking. See the ‘traffic and transport impacts’ section for further information.

Normal construction hours

North Melbourne electrical substation construction

North Melbourne

Ongoing until mid-2021

  • Service investigations using NDD trucks to locate underground services will be required intermittently as construction progresses
  • Ongoing site investigations and monitoring activities including survey and soil sampling
  • Constructing the substation structure by installing precast concrete panels and structural steel, and pouring concrete
  • Short holds of traffic on the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail will be required intermittently while large construction vehicles travel along the narrow section of the existing access track near Arden Street. Traffic controllers will be in place to direct cyclists and pedestrians
  • Further information about the North Melbourne electrical substation can be found at metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

Normal construction hours

Hours of work

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Normal construction hours

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

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Out of hours

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

24 hours

24 hours

24 hour works are sometimes required during peak construction activities.

Laurens Street realignment

In February 2021 until late 2023, Laurens Street will be realigned to enable service investigations and support construction of the Arden Station entrance.

The following changes will remain in place until 2023:

  • Closure of the western footpath on Laurens Street, from Arden Street to just south of Queensberry Street
  • Closure of on-street parking spaces on both sides of Laurens Street, from Arden Street to just south of Queensberry Street
  • Installation of an east/west pedestrian crossing on Laurens Street
  • Reduction of the current speed limit to 40 km/h
  • Installation of concrete barriers to delineate the site from road users.

Laurens Street realignment works map

Traffic and transport

  • Up to 400 trucks per day are expected to travel to and from site. Construction vehicles and trucks will access the site via Laurens and Arden streets
  • All trucks carrying excavated materials will be covered, and water carts and street sweepers will be used frequently to minimise the spread of dust
  • Rumble grids and a wheel wash have been installed to remove debris from the wheels and carriages of vehicles to minimise the spread of dirt on local roads.

Utility investigation works

  • Utility investigations will involve the intermittent short-term closure of one lane on Arden, Laurens and Barwise streets. Traffic will be maintained in both directions via a shuttle flow arrangement
  • Some on-street parking spaces may be temporarily impacted on Arden, Barwise, Queensberry and Laurens streets
  • Sections of footpath adjacent to works may be temporarily closed, with local pedestrian diversions in place
  • Access to businesses will be maintained at all times
  • Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around the work area.

Works area map

Arden Station site

Indicative only

Works look ahead

Works look ahead including Laurens St realignment in January, and station entrance works from February

Download notifications

DateNotice
05 Feb 2021 North Melbourne, Laurens Street realignment works notification, February 2021 to 2023 (PDF, 288.7 KB)
05 Feb 2021 Arden construction update, February to March 2021 (PDF, 867.4 KB)
18 Dec 2020 North Melbourne, Laurens Street realignment, January 2021 to 2023 (PDF, 276.5 KB)
11 Dec 2020 Arden construction update, December 2020 to January 2021 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
04 Nov 2020 Arden construction update, November 2020 (PDF, 2.4 MB)
19 Oct 2020 North Melbourne, Arden Street service investigations (underneath the CityLink bridge), October 2020 (PDF, 614.7 KB)
06 Oct 2020 North Melbourne, Arden Street service investigations, October to late 2020 (PDF, 255.2 KB)
18 Sep 2020 North Melbourne, Lothian Street, centre median irrigation testing, September 2020 (PDF, 227.2 KB)
04 Sep 2020 Arden construction update, September to October 2020 (PDF, 471.0 KB)
06 Jul 2020 Arden construction update, July to August 2020 (PDF, 679.3 KB)
01 Jun 2020 Arden construction update, June 2020 (PDF, 679.6 KB)
30 Apr 2020 Arden construction update, May 2020.pdf (PDF, 720.1 KB)
03 Apr 2020 Arden construction update, April 2020 (PDF, 678.6 KB)
30 Jan 2020 Arden construction update, February to March 2020 (PDF, 733.6 KB)
15 Jan 2020 North Melbourne substation works notification, January to February 2020 (PDF, 172.7 KB)
03 Dec 2019 North Melbourne construction update, December 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 2.4 MB)
18 Nov 2019 North Melbourne, Lothian Street ground improvement works, November 2019 (PDF, 438.8 KB)
04 Oct 2019 North Melbourne construction update, October to November 2019 (PDF, 671.3 KB)
05 Sep 2019 North Melbourne, Lothian Street ground improvement works, September 2019 (PDF, 441.1 KB)
12 Aug 2019 North Melbourne construction update, August to September 2019 (PDF, 912.5 KB)
08 Jul 2019 North Melbourne service investigations, July 2019 (PDF, 615.8 KB)
06 Jun 2019 North Melbourne construction update, June 2019 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
27 Dec 2018 North Melbourne construction update, January 2019 (PDF, 888.5 KB)
22 Nov 2018 North Melbourne construction update, November to December 2018 (PDF, 1.9 MB)