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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.

There are two construction sites for works at Parkville:

  • Grattan Street east (between Royal Parade/Elizabeth Street and Leicester Street)
  • Grattan Street west (between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade).

We’ve been working closely with key stakeholders throughout the planning and construction of Parkville Station to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in line with our Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs). Find out more about how we are. 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

We began construction of the station entrance on Grattan Street, next to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in May 2020 and will continue work 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 west piling works

Grattan Street east

We began construction of the station entrance on the north-east corner of the Grattan Street and Royal Parade/Elizabeth Street intersection, next to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in June 2020. Construction will continue for around two years.

Station entrance construction works will involve:

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

Station works

Construction inside of the station box excavated for the new Parkville Station began in November 2019, at the Grattan Street east site. This work includes building a base slab, internal walls and columns, and other station levels.

Parkville Station is being built 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 to operate the station.

Once the station is complete the road surface will be reinstated over the top.

Permanent structure works at Parkville


Excavation of the station box began in November 2019 and finished 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 while excavation went on underneath.

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

Tunnelling at Parkville

In May and June 2020 two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) - Joan and Meg - were launched separately from the Arden Station site towards the Parkville Station site.

Joan broke through at Parkville in late August 2020, with Meg due to arrive around one month later.

As they dig the tunnels, the TBMs pipe the excavated material (slurry) back to the Arden Station site and line the new tunnel with curved concrete segments.

After reaching Parkville, the TBMs will be moved through the station box and relaunched towards the site of the new State Library Station.

Meanwhile, the remaining two TBMs - Alice and Millie – are tunnelling from the Anzac Station site to the tunnel entrance in South Yarra.

For more information see our Tunnelling at Parkville fact sheet (PDF, 1.8 MB).

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