Construction in South Yarra
The eastern tunnel entrance will enable the Cranbourne / Pakenham line to peel off from the existing rail corridor just south of Toorak Road, and travel via the Metro Tunnel.
Current work notifications
13 June - early July
Works to establish the construction site on Osborne Street will occur 7am - 6pm, weekdays and 7am - 1pm, Saturdays. Expect medium-high noise.
As part of these works, traffic changes on Osborne Street will be made and remain in place until late 2021. They will ensure the safe construction of the portal building and tunnel entrance.
For more information, see the Osborne Street works notification (PDF, 8.2 MB).
How we will build the tunnel entrance
The eastern tunnel entrance will be located in the South Yarra Siding Reserve. A decline structure, or descending tracks, will be built so trains can enter the new Metro Tunnel near William Street and pass underneath the Sandringham and Frankston lines.
Frequently asked questions
Will there be a new station at South Yarra as part of the Metro Tunnel?
A new station in South Yarra is not in the scope of the Metro Tunnel.
The rail corridor near South Yarra Station is a complex and constrained urban environment, making it a challenging place to build new platforms.
The Metro Tunnel allows for longer, high capacity trains. Longer trains need longer platforms, and it is difficult to accommodate lengthy platforms in South Yarra without causing significant impacts to the surrounding area during construction, including increased land acquisition. Upon completion of the Metro Tunnel, passengers using South Yarra Station at its current location will benefit from improved capacity and more frequent services on the Frankston and Sandringham lines.
Will the existing South Yarra Station be upgraded as part of the Metro Tunnel?
Upgrades to the existing South Yarra Station are not in the scope of the Metro Tunnel, however, that does not mean that improvements to South Yarra Station will not occur in the future. Improvements to stations are considered by Public Transport Victoria through its network development planning. Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) will work with the City of Stonnington and other South Yarra stakeholders as the project is planned and developed.
Will the tunnel entrance and construction site be in Fawkner Park or on St Kilda Road?
We are looking at opportunities to temporarily occupy land at key locations along the project alignment to support construction works, whilst minimising impacts on private properties.
In June 2016, we informed local stakeholders that Fawkner Park will no longer be utilised as a tunnel boring machine support site for the Metro Tunnel project.
We recognise that the local community places great importance on Fawkner Park and its facilities including the tennis courts and childcare centre.
A smaller construction site in the north-east corner of Fawkner Park may still be required to build an emergency access shaft, with a small above ground structure remaining to provide emergency services access to the Metro Tunnel to meet safety requirements.
As part of these considerations, a section of Fawkner Park or land in the vicinity of the Anzac Station location could be temporarily used as a support site and staging area for the project's Tunnel Boring Machines.
What disruption will be experienced on Domain Road, Toorak Road and elsewhere?
Construction of Anzac Station will be staged to reduce impacts on the road and tram network while protecting and maintaining access to nearby buildings and facilities.
Domain Road has been temporarily closed near St Kilda Road for an extended period while the station box is excavated.
Trams that previously ran along Domain Road and Park Street have been temporarily rerouted to new tracks on Toorak Road West.
Trams will keep running along St Kilda Road as much as possible while the new Anzac Station is constructed. Staged closures of St Kilda Road will enable excavation of the station box while tram and traffic flow is maintained. Traffic lanes are likely to be reduced and works could involve temporary diversions for all road users including drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
What about a connection to South Yarra Station from the eastern tunnel entrance?
An additional connection at South Yarra as part of the Metro Tunnel would cost a large amount of money and require the compulsory acquisition of more than 100 homes.
Upon completion of the Metro Tunnel, passengers using South Yarra Station at its current location will benefit from improved capacity and more frequent services on the Frankston and Sandringham lines.