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Work is now underway in the Parkville Precinct to support construction of a new underground 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.

For works around the northern end of Swanston Street, see the State Library precinct page.

Construction snapshot for February 2021

Construction is continuing within the Parkville Precinct during February and March 2021 and will include:

  • Permanent structure works are ongoing at the Grattan Street east site. Structure works for the Royal Parade station entrance and retail area will commence in February
  • Construction of the eastern tunnel ventilation shaft (TVS) and goods lift has commenced at the Grattan Street east site
  • Construction of the western TVS and chiller plant are expected to commence at the Grattan Street east site in late March
  • The next phase of station entrance works for Grattan Street west are starting in February with preparatory works. From early March, station entrance construction works are expected to recommence.

Some works outlined in this construction update extend beyond February 2021 to provide a longer term lookahead.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Goods lift and tunnel ventilation shaft works

Grattan Street east, Parkville

From 27 January 2021 to late 2022
  • Relocating underground services adjacent to  the future goods lift. This will involve sawcutting, non-destructive digging (NDD) to expose underground services, excavation, laying new conduits and pipes, backfilling, concrete works and reinstatement
  • Piling to support the future eastern TVS and goods lift structures
  • Excavation and associated works to remove material
  • Permanent structure works which will  involve concrete pours, steel fixing and associated works.

Traffic management and signage will be in place to safely direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around the work area.

Out of hours works may be required.

For further details, see the Parkville, goods lift and tunnel ventilation shaft works notification, January 2021 to 2022 (PDF, 251.6 KB)

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Service works

Parkville Precinct

From 27 January 2021 for up to three weeks

  • Non-destructive digging (NDD), mechanical excavation and associated works to expose existing underground services
  • Relining conduits
  • Reinstatement of road and footpath surfaces.

Traffic management and signage will be in place to safely direct vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians around the work area.

During working hours, lane closures will be in place.

For further details, see the Parkville, service works notification, January 2021 (PDF, 308.1 KB)

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Station construction activities

Grattan Street east including Royal Parade entrance and retail area

Ongoing

  • Construction of architectural elements, internal walls, columns and station levels
  • Installation of services and facilities
  • Works will include concrete pours, steel fixing, steel structure erection and daily deliveries of plant and material
  • As excavation is progressively completed in the retail area, works will transition into station construction activities
  • Station construction in the Royal Parade entrance area is anticipated to commence in late February
  • From mid-February, sections of the temporary deck will be progressively removed as a part of roof slab construction
  • Intermittent sections of piles are required to be removed to facilitate the connection of station areas into the station box
  • Concrete pouring activities may commence before 7am and extend beyond 6pm, Monday to Saturday. This may include the early arrival of concrete trucks to site
  • These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise, depending on the activity.

24 hour works

Station excavation and associated works

Grattan Street east

Ongoing

  • Excavation, strut installation and associated activities in the Royal Parade station entrance, retail and north-east emergency areas is ongoing
  • These works are expected to generate intermittent periods of medium to high level noise depending on the activity.

24 hour works

Eastern tunnel ventilation shaft (TVS) and goods lift construction

Grattan Street east

Ongoing

  • Site establishment works requiring changes to the southern site boundary. This requires the closure of the northern pedestrian crossing at Leicester Street. A new pedestrian crossing over Leicester Street has been installed
  • Construction activities will include piling, excavation, and structure works involving concrete pours and steel fixing
  • Following piling works for the goods lift, service relocation works will be undertaken
  • Site fencing in this area will be modified to enable construction activities to occur safely
  • Localised pedestrian diversions will be in place
  • Access to the University Square car park lifts and emergency exits will be maintained
  • These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise, depending on the activity
  • The TVS will assist with balancing air pressure within the tunnel which is created by the movement of trains, and also assist in an emergency
  • The goods lift will provide access to the station for operational and maintenance activities, including deliveries and waste removal.

Normal construction hours

Western TVS and chiller plant construction

Grattan Street east

From late March 2021

  • Site establishment works involving site boundary changes and installation of site hoarding and fencing in the north-west area of University Square
  • Closure of the existing Barry Street pedestrian crossing
  • Establishing a new pedestrian crossing at Barry Street, around 50 metres south of the existing crossing
  • Moving internal site facilities within the Barry Street site
  • Preparatory works to enable construction, including piling pad installation, saw-cutting and non-destructive digging
  • Construction activities will include piling, excavation, and structure works involving concrete pours and steel fixing
  • Access to the University Square car park lifts and emergency exits will be maintained
  • These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise, depending on the activity.

Normal construction hours

Site operation activities

Grattan Street east and City Ford site

Ongoing

  • Gantry cranes are being used to deliver and remove material, plant and equipment to and from the station box
  • At times, trucks will need to reverse into the site. All trucks will be fitted with broadband reversing squawkers
  • Ongoing deliveries of plant and material are required to complete all works
  • Some equipment will be delivered out of hours to comply with VicRoads requirements for oversize vehicles.

24 hour works

Station entrance preparatory works and service relocations

Grattan Street west (between Royal Parade and Flemington Road), Royal Parade/ Elizabeth Street

Early February until late March 2021

  • Preparatory works are required to commence the next phase of Grattan Street west works which will involve construction of the station entrance adjacent to The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • These works will involve service relocations (including sewer, electrical and traffic signals), kerb modifications, installing pedestrian safety fences, street furniture removal and relocation and creating a new vehicle cut through
  • Depending on the work activity there will be intermittent closures of the Elizabeth Street/ Royal Parade northbound and southbound lanes. Access for vehicles travelling northbound from, or southbound to, Haymarket Roundabout will be maintained
  • During these closures the bus route 505 will not service The Royal Melbourne Hospital/ Royal Parade stop. Passengers are advised to use the alternative bus stop at Morrah Street/ Royal Parade located 250 metres north on Royal Parade
  • Traffic management and signage will be in place to safely direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around the work areas during closures
  • Access will be maintained for emergency services, and to businesses, hospitals, hospital car park and drop-off/pick-up areas
  • Localised pedestrian diversions will be in place as required
  • Depending on the work activity, these works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise.

24 hour works

Station entrance construction

Royal Parade northbound service lane and Grattan Street west (between Royal Parade and Flemington Road), adjacent to The Royal Melbourne Hospital

From early March 2021 until late 2022

  • Works to construct the northern station entrance, adjacent to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, will involve site establishment activities including setting up hoarding around the new site perimeter and traffic changes
  • Construction activities will include piling, excavation, concrete pours, installing formwork, service relocations and reinstatement
  • Two work sites will remain adjacent to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to facilitate ongoing construction of the southern station entrance
  • To facilitate works, there will be changes to how vehicles and pedestrians move around Grattan Street west and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade. Further information will be provided
  • Access for emergency services, hospitals and businesses, including to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre loading bays and pick up/drop off on Elizabeth Street, will be maintained.

24 hour works

Cross passage construction

North Melbourne to Melbourne CBD

Ongoing

  • Works are required to construct tunnel cross passages between completed sections of tunnel along the alignment
  • Cutting through the tunnel walls using a wall saw and using a small excavator to mine between the tunnels, and spraying concrete (shotcrete) to support the ground
  • Installing waterproofing membrane and lining the cross passage tunnels using steel reinforcement and concrete
  • 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 underground from within the completed section of tunnels and are expected to generate low levels of noise at surface level
  • Further information about cross passages can be found at metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

24 hour works

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.

Traffic impact

See our disruption section for transport changes in Parkville.

Works area map

Parkville Station site map, showing Grattan Street sites, City Ford site, Barry St site and service relocations

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Works look ahead

Parkville construction look ahead for 2020

Download our notifications

DateNotice
01 Mar 2021 Parkville, Grattan Street west station entrance construction work notification, March 2021 to late 2022 (PDF, 356.6 KB)
13 Feb 2021 Parkville Monthly Construction Update February (PDF, 1.1 MB)
25 Jan 2021 Parkville, station entrance construction preparatory works notification, February to March 2021 (PDF, 312.8 KB)
19 Jan 2021 Parkville, goods lift and tunnel ventilation shaft works notification, January 2021 to 2022 (PDF, 251.6 KB)
19 Jan 2021 Parkville, service works notification, January 2021 (PDF, 308.1 KB)
07 Dec 2020 Parkville construction update, December 2020 to January 2021 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
28 Oct 2020 Parkville, Elizabeth Street:Royal Parade service lane closure, November to December 2020 (PDF, 890.7 KB)
13 Oct 2020 Parkville construction update, October to November 2020.pdf (PDF, 1.2 MB)
31 Aug 2020 Parkville, tunnelling support works notification, September to November 2020 (PDF, 235.5 KB)
06 Aug 2020 Parkville construction update, August to September 2020 (PDF, 662.5 KB)
29 Jul 2020 Parkville, ground investigations works notification, August 2020 (PDF, 425.0 KB)
11 Jun 2020 Parkville construction update, June to July 2020 (PDF, 802.0 KB)
27 May 2020 Parkville, Grattan Street West station entrance construction notification, May 2020 (PDF, 627.9 KB)
03 Apr 2020 Parkville construction update, April to May 2020 (PDF, 611.5 KB)
05 Feb 2020 Parkville construction update February to March 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
04 Feb 2020 Parkville Grattan Street west service relocations, February 2020 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
06 Dec 2019 Parkville construction update, December 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 1003.7 KB)
04 Oct 2019 Parkville construction update, October to November 2019 (PDF, 863.2 KB)
02 Aug 2019 Parkville construction update, August to September 2019 (PDF, 3.8 MB)
31 May 2019 Parkville construction update, June to July 2019 (PDF, 982.9 KB)
04 Apr 2019 Parkville construction update, April to May 2019 (PDF, 898.3 KB)
15 Jan 2019 Parkville construction update, January 2019 (PDF, 573.8 KB)
14 Dec 2018 Parkville construction update, December to January 2019 (PDF, 638.6 KB)
13 Nov 2018 Parkville construction update, November 2018 (PDF, 994.2 KB)
08 Jun 2018 Parkville construction update June and July, June 2018 (PDF, 1.2 MB)