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Metro Tunnel

Transport changes in South Yarra

Temporary works

Arthur Street

Works to connect the rainwater detention tank under the Sidings Reserve to the existing stormwater system are progressing, with works to install new drainage pipes under Arthur Street commencing on Thursday 5 November. These works will require the partial closure of Arthur Street between Chapel Street and 50 Arthur Street.

Access into and out of Arthur Street from Chapel Street will be unavailable from Thursday 5 November until Friday 5 December.

Access between Arthur Street and Chapel Street will be maintained via:

  • Portland Place and Cliff Street (from Chapel), or
  • Grosvenor Street, Phoenix Street, Cliff Street and Portland Place (to Chapel). See map for detour routes

Traffic management will be in place during the day to facilitate traffic changes on Arthur Street. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Detour routes map

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.

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