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Arden precinct work notifications

Work is now underway in the Arden Precinct to support construction of new North Melbourne Station.

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TimingWhere What is happening?

January to February 2020

New North Melbourne Station site

To construct an electrical substation to provide power to the Metro Tunnel’s twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels and new underground stations, site establishment activities and associated works need to be completed during January and February 2020.

Site establishment and demolition activities will take place at the planned site of the North Melbourne Substation, between the West Melbourne Terminal Station and the site of the new North Melbourne Station.

Works include installing fencing and hoarding around the site perimeter, delivering equipment and workforce amenities to site, using excavators to demolish old infrastructure and removing debris from the site.

These works will occur:

  • From Monday 20 January for up to three months
  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Traffic management will be in place to manage vehicles entering and exiting the site.

Demolition works will generate periods of medium to loud noise. Demolition works are expected to take up to five days. Other site establishment activities will continue once this is complete.

For further details, see the January to February substation works notification (PDF, 172.7 KB).

From November until late- May 2020

Lothian Street

Jet grouting works to improve the condition of the ground are now underway and expected to continue for up to six months.

Lothian Street will be returned to its original condition, including reinstating the centre medians and replanting trees, when works are complete in May 2020.

These works will occur:

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

Traffic and pedestrian detours will be in place. Pedestrian access around the work site will be maintained at all times with signage and traffic controllers on site.

For further details, see the works notification (PDF, 438.8 KB).


From North Melbourne towards Kensington

The project’s first TBM has commenced tunnelling from the site of the new North Melbourne Station towards Kensington. The second TBM will commence tunnelling in the near future, also from the site of the new North Melbourne Station towards Kensington

Tunnelling and the operation of associated support services, including the slurry treatment plant, grout pumps and segment facility, will occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours, on an ongoing basis until early 2020.

For further details, see the October to November works notification (PDF, 671.3 KB).


Arden work site

Ongoing site development activities including construction storage, laydown areas and modifications to existing gates and hoarding on Laurens and Arden streets.

These works will involve the intermittent closure of Laurens Street down to one lane, with traffic flow maintained in both directions.

For further details, see the October to November works notification (PDF, 671.3 KB).