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Metro Tunnel

Construction in Parkville

Major works on the Metro Tunnel Project are now underway to support construction of Parkville Station.

The new station connects this world-class education, health and research precinct to the rail network for the first time, and includes station entrances on the doorstep of the University of Melbourne and some of Victoria's biggest hospitals.

Current work notifications



What is happening?

Mid-July to end of August

Grattan and Royal Parade

In order to best protect the sensitivities and infrastructure of heritage listed items in close proximity to the Parkville Station construction site, applications for the removal of a number of heritage listed items have been lodged with Heritage Victoria.

Subject to approval from Heritage Victoria, work will commence for the removal of:

  • Bluestone kerb and channel at the intersection of Grattan Street and Royal Parade. Also included in this work will be the removal of the corner post, fence and bluestone wall from within University of Melbourne land
  • Existing vegetation within Gatekeeper’s Cottage, heritage registered land
  • University of Melbourne’s main gates, pillars and a portion of the fence (Gate 10).

What to be aware of:

  • The removal and storage of all heritage listed items will be overseen by a Heritage Victoria approved Heritage Conservation Consultant and carried out by a suitably qualified heritage removal specialist
  • All heritage listed items will be returned and reinstated at the completion of the Metro Tunnel construction
  • Heritage interpretation information will be installed on the fencing, in line with Heritage Victoria permit requirements.

See the June-July works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB) for more information.

From early July

Corner of Elizabeth and Pelham streets

The City Ford site located on the corner of Elizabeth and Pelham streets, will be demolished and converted to a construction laydown area, site office and truck waiting bay.

Impacts include:

  • The majority of the existing buildings will be demolished and used for truck parking, a weighbridge and wheel wash bay. These works will take approximately one month to complete
  • The building located on the north-west corner of the existing site will be retained and refurbished to be used as a site office. These works will follow demolition and take up to two months to complete
  • Demolition works are expected to generate audible noise and some vibration
  • Trucks will enter and exit the site via Elizabeth and Berkeley streets
  • Dust will be managed onsite with water sprays
  • Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained around the worksite, however at times localised diversions will be in place.
  • Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians and cyclists safely around the works
  • During demolition works, hazardous materials such as asbestos may need to be removed. It is not an unusual or unexpected occurrence to find these materials, as it was common for asbestos to be used in older buildings. Licensed asbestos contractors will be engaged to ensure the safe removal of any potential asbestos and maintain the safety of the pedestrians, site and surrounding area. The community will be notified ahead of any hazardous material removal.

See the June-July works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB) for more information.

Until late July

Between Flemington Road and Swanston Street

Groundwater monitoring will be undertaken at 26 locations between Flemington Road and Swanston Street to better understand local groundwater conditions and groundwater levels.

What to be aware of:

  • Groundwater monitoring involves using a tape to measure water levels and a small pump to collect samples of the groundwater from existing wells
  • Testing will take up to two hours at each location
  • These works are expected to generate low level noise
  • Signage will be in place to direct traffic, cyclists and pedestrians safely around the work areas as required
  • All sites will be restored to their original or similar condition once all works are complete.

Until late September

Grattan Street


Installation of a series of piles along Grattan Street (between Royal Parade and Leicester Street) to support structure and enable workers to safely carry out excavation underground will commence from 7am to 6pm, weekdays and 7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

Up to five piling rigs will operate 1-2 piles per day, per rig. Around 500 piles at a depth of 32 metres will occur by the perimeter of the station box on Grattan Street.

These works are expected to generate high levels of noise and some vibration.

For more information, see the June-July works update (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Pedestrian and cyclists impacts are listed on the Changes to Grattan Street page.

Site establishment

Further hoarding installation is required along Royal Parade at the western edge of the construction site, in front of Gatekeeper’s Cottage and within University Square Plaza.

Access to the car park lifts will be maintained at all times.

Service proving along the piling line on the northern side of Grattan Street between Leicester Street and Royal Parade. This will involve non-destructive drilling (NDD) between mid-June and mid-August.

Until late June

Berkley Street and Barry Street

Until the end of June 2018, installation of pedestrian ramps in Barry and Berkeley streets will generate medium-high levels of noise and require pedestrian and cyclist management when required.

For more information, see the Parkville March 2018 Update (PDF, 4.5 MB).


Grattan Street and Barry Street

Grattan Street (between Royal Parade and Leicester Street) and Barry Street (between Pelham Street and Grattan Street) are closed to vehicles for up to five years.

Overview of current works

The current works in Parkville involves ongoing site establishment activities, and the commencement of piling to prepare for excavation of the station box later in the year.

Grattan Street closure

Grattan Street is now closed to vehicles between Royal Parade and Leicester Street (for up to five years).

There will also be a westbound closure of Grattan Street between Flemington Road and Royal Parade from early to mid-2019.

Find out more about changes to Grattan Street.

About Parkville station

Parkville Station will be located under Grattan Street near Royal Parade, providing a direct rail connection to the area for the first time and relieving pressure on local tram and road networks. Read more about Parkville Station.

The new underground station will be built via a 'cut and cover' method, with a roof slab placed over the top of the site. Underground construction activities will take place 24/7 once the roof slab and acoustic treatments have been installed. Read more about building the Parkville Station.

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