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Metro Tunnel

Transport changes in South Yarra

Oversized deliveries

Our two tunnel boring machines (TBMs), Millie and Alice are scheduled to complete their journey from the Anzac Station site to South Yarra from September. Once the TBMs have broken through into the retrieval shaft in Osborne Street, they will be disassembled before the oversized parts are transported back to the Anzac Station site for reassembly and relaunch towards the CBD.

Find out about traffic changes required for oversized deliveries.

Long-term changes

Williams Street and Lovers Walk

To enable works at the eastern tunnel entrance, Williams Street bridge was demolished in April 2019 and rebuilt to accommodate a widened rail corridor underneath. Installation of the new bridge base structure took place in October and November of 2019. Further works will occur in 2020 to complete the urban design components before it opens to the public after construction in the area is complete. The height of the rebuilt bridge has been increased to pass over the top of the reconfigured Cranbourne / Pakenham line.

The Lovers Walk pedestrian path closed in October 2018 and will reopen in 2022 to allow for construction of the eastern tunnel entrance. Pedestrians can detour via Toorak Road or Chapel Street:

  • Toorak Road and Chapel Street: 505m, 5min walk
  • Toorak Road, Chambers and Oxford streets: 530m, 7min walk
  • Toorak Road, Chambers and Bond streets: 513m, 6min walk
  • Osborne Street and Arthur Street: 680m, 10min walk

Siding map August 2019

Construction traffic routes have been developed for the eastern tunnel entrance precinct that focus on moving trucks and other construction traffic to Toorak Road as quickly as possible. Active traffic management will also be used to minimise delays to tram movements and traffic flow along Toorak Road.

A number of rail corridor occupations (periods where trains stop running so works can take place) will be required to connect the Metro Tunnel to the Cranbourne/Pakenham line. These occupations will potentially disrupt services on parts of the rail network.

Our construction contractors are required to develop and implement measures to minimise disruption to the transport network during construction of the Metro Tunnel.

More information