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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 April - May 2021

Work at and around the Arden Station site during April and May involves:

  • Realigning Laurens Street
  • Arden Station entrance construction
  • Station services building construction
  • Tunnelling support, TBM retrieval and disassembly
  • Station construction, including platform, over-track exhaust and plant room construction
  • 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 early May 2021 until end 2023

From early May, Laurens Street will be realigned to support service relocations and construction of the Arden Station entrance. This will involve:

  • 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 installing concrete barriers on the western side of Laurens Street
  • Realigning traffic and bicycle lanes around the concrete barriers
  • Installing a pedestrian crossing on Laurens Street, south of Queensberry Street
  • Closing the western footpath on Laurens Street, from Arden Street to just south of Queensberry Street.

Normal construction hours

Arden Station entrance construction

Arden Station site

Ongoing until mid-2022

The first stage of works to prepare for construction of the station entrance on Laurens Street has been completed. This involved installing piles to support the station entrance structure. Works to occur in April and May will include:

  • Removal of sections of the station box diaphragm walls (D-walls) to prepare for station entrance structural works
  • Concrete pours for the entrance level slab and entrance walls.

Normal construction hours

Arden Station services building construction

Arden Station site

Ongoing until mid-2021

  • Installing steel reinforcement and formwork, including the use of cranes and hand tools, and pouring concrete to construct the building’s slabs and walls
  • Installing brick lined, pre-cast panels to construct the building fa├žade
  • Installing structural steel to form the building’s columns and beams.

Normal construction hours

Tunnelling support

Arden Station site

Ongoing until mid-2021

  • TBM Joan has now completed tunnelling. TBM Meg continues to tunnel in the Melbourne CBD
  • 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

TBM retrieval and disassembly

Arden Station site

From April 2021 until late-2021

  • Works will commence to retrieve and disassemble TBM Joan
  • TBM Joan will be disassembled inside the station box using pneumatic (air-driven) wrenches, welding equipment and hand tools
  • Large cranes will be used to move and disconnect TBM pieces at ground level, as well as lift them out of the station box
  • This work will be undertaken at night as well as during the day and is expected to generate low levels of noise.

24 hour works

Tunnel internal structure works

Arden Station site

Ongoing until May 2021

  • Works to construct the tunnel invert (floor)
    are ongoing
  • This involves pouring concrete within the
    tunnels in sections
  • Works commenced at the western tunnel entrance in Kensington and are moving progressively east towards the Arden
    Station site.

Normal construction hours

Cross passage construction

North Melbourne to Melbourne CBD

Ongoing until early-2022

  • The Arden Station site will provide cross passage construction support until early 2022
  • 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 not expected to be audible at surface level
  • Further information about cross passages can be found at metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

24 hour works

Platform and over track exhaust (OTE) construction

Arden Station site

Ongoing until late-2021

  • Construction of the station platforms and OTE (tunnel ventilation) system is ongoing
  • This involves using cranes and hand tools to install precast concrete units within the station box, and pouring concrete
  • Works will be undertaken in two stages, taking approximately three months each. The first stage of works will be completed in April 2021 and 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 mid-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
16 Apr 2021 Arden construction update, April to May 2021 (PDF, 885.0 KB)
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)