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Building Parkville Station

Work is underway on Grattan Street to build Parkville Station.

Construction activities

Construction of Parkville Station will take around five years. Key construction activities include:

  • Preparatory works, including tree protection and removal and the relocation of underground services
  • Road closures and site establishment
  • Piling and excavation of the station box
  • Structural works for the station box
  • Station entrance construction and mined excavation of a pedestrian underpass under the Grattan Street and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade intersection
  • Tunnel boring machine arrival and re-launch to the State Library Station
  • Station architectural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical fit out
  • Rail system works including the installation of track, signalling, and communications
  • Site remediation including landscaping and public realm works, including final service relocations
  • New road layout.

Works for Parkville Station are separated into the following two construction sites:

  • Grattan Street east: located on Grattan Street, between Royal Parade/Elizabeth Street and Leicester Street
  • Grattan Street west: located on Grattan Street, between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade.

Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders throughout the planning process to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in Parkville. Find out more about how we are managing construction impacts across the project.

Parkville construction map

Construction look ahead for 2020

Parkville construction look ahead for 2020

Station Entrance Construction

Grattan Street west

Works to construct the station entrance on Grattan Street, adjacent to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre commenced in late May 2020 and will continue until early 2021.

Station entrance construction will involve:

  • Establishing the site, including construction of a piling pad and installing a pedestrian gantry
  • Piling
  • Excavation
  • Construction of a roof slab and reinstating the area.

Grattan Street westbound lanes between Flemington Road and Royal Parade/Elizabeth Street have closed for three years to enable station entrance construction. Find out more about traffic and transport changes in Parkville.

Construction of the station entrance on Royal Parade adjacent to The Royal Melbourne Hospital will commence in 2021.

For more information, see our Parkville Station entrance construction fact sheet (PDF, 709.4 KB).

Grattan Street east

Works commenced in June 2020 to construct the Royal Parade entrance, located on the north-east corner of the Grattan Street and Royal Parade/Elizabeth Street intersection. The Royal Parade station entrance is located within the Grattan Street east site boundary.

Works will involve:

  • Excavation, strut installation and associated works in 2020
  • Permanent structure works from early 2021.

Permanent Structure Works

Permanent structure works commenced in November 2019 in the Grattan Street east site, and involves constructing the station box base slab, internal walls and columns, and other station levels.


Excavation of the station box was started in November 2019 and completed in April 2020. The excavated space is 32 metres below ground and around 270 metres long. A temporary deck was installed over the work site to minimise noise and dust impacts while excavation was carried out underneath.

Parkville Station is being constructed using a method called ‘bottom up’. This involves excavating the box down to its maximum depth, construction and fit out of the box, followed by the installation of mechanical and electrical equipment required to operate the station.

For more information, view the Excavation at Parkville Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Piling works

We have installed more than 500 piles around Grattan Street, between Royal Parade and Leicester Street, to support the station structure and enable workers to safely carry out excavation underground. These works started in May 2018 and were completed in December 2018.

Managing impacts in Parkville

Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders throughout Metro Tunnel's planning process to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in Parkville. Find out more about managing construction impacts.