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Work is underway in South Yarra to build the Metro Tunnel's eastern entrance.

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.

Construction snapshot for April

In April, works within the South Yarra precinct will include:

  • Drainage and excavation works within the Siding Reserve
  • Installing underground services, lighting, pavement and fencing
  • Installing screens on the William Street bridge
  • Preparation works to install a boundary fence for the Communications Equipment Room and Signalling Equipment Room (CER/SER)
  • Constructing the substation retaining walls and break-back of piles in the Siding Reserve
  • Undertaking one weekend of 24-hour rail works between South Yarra and Caulfield stations
  • Constructing cross passages within the tunnel.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Drainage and excavation works

South Yarra Siding Reserve

Ongoing to late-June 2021

  • Drainage and excavation works for the substation will continue in the Siding Reserve throughout April
  • These works will include the use of excavators, compaction equipment, and crews with hand tools
  • Works are expected to generate medium levels of noise and vibration while excavation works are in progress.

Normal construction hours

Cross passage construction

Osborne Street

Ongoing

  • Cross passage construction works continue within the retrieval shaft and in the tunnel
  • These works include excavation, waterproofing, and installing permanent concrete linings to form the cross passages
  • While cross passage construction is occurring deep within the tunnels, support work will be ongoing from the Osborne Street site
  • Most of this support work will be conducted from the retrieval shaft, however some surface works may be required up until 10pm each night
  • These surface works will include the delivery of concrete and equipment to site, and moving these deliveries with a forklift. This work is expected to generate low to medium levels of noise
  • The gantry crane over the retrieval shaft will be used consistently during the construction of the cross passages to move equipment around below surface level
  • Trucks will run intermittently from site to remove soil from the underground excavation. Trucks will only remove soil during normal construction hours
  • There are six cross passages located between Anzac Station and the Osborne Street site. Excavation of the cross passages began in early February. The excavation within the tunnels is not expected to generate high levels of noise or vibration
  • Cross passage construction works will operate 24/7 within the tunnels and from the Osborne Street site

For further details, see the South Yarra, cross passage construction works notification, February 2021 (PDF, 3.0 MB).

24 hour works

CER/SER underground services, drainage and fencing works

Between William and Chambers  streets

Ongoing to late-June 2021

  • Works to install underground services for the CER/ SER buildings, and fencing works along Lovers Walk, will continue to progress in April
  • Works will require the use of excavators, compaction equipment, soil and concrete trucks, and crews with hand tools
  • Works are expected to generate medium levels of noise with some high level peaks
  • Once the underground services works are complete, works to install the CER/SER buildings will commence. These buildings are being constructed off site and will be lifted into place using a crane in May
  • A total of three overnight road closures on Chambers Street will be required to safely facilitate delivery of the CER/SER buildings
  • Further information about installation of the CER/SER buildings will be provided closer to the delivery date.

Normal construction hours

Metro Tunnel laydown area

402 Chapel Street

Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May 2021

  • To support the works to construct the Metro Tunnel’s eastern entrance in South Yarra, we have established a construction site on vacant land located at 402 Chapel Street
  • This site will be used throughout 2021 for delivery of rail materials and will provide worker amenities and construction vehicle parking
  • Use of the site may be required for periods of 24-hour rail works throughout the year. During this time, there will be additional truck movements as equipment and material is removed from the site and delivered to the rail corridor.

24 hour works

Underground services, lighting, pavement and fencing works

Lovers Walk, William Street pocket park, Arthur and Arthur Street

Ongoing to June 2021
  • Works along Lovers Walk, William Street pocket park, Arthur and Chambers streets will continue in April
  • Works will include installation of cable conduits, light pole foundations, pavement, fencing, architectural screens and landscaping works
  • These works will involve the use of excavators, compaction equipment and crews with hand tools
  • Prior to installing new underground services, nondestructive digging (NDD) is required to locate and expose any existing underground services and cables. NDD uses pressurised water to dig and vacuum up soil to expose assets and services underground without damaging them
  • Additional truck movements will be required to deliver materials to site
  • Rock may be present in the local area, which may require rock breaking works
  • Works are expected to generate medium levels of noise with some high-level peaks. High levels of noise are expected if rock breaking is required.

Normal construction hours

William Street bridge screen installation

William Street bridge

Ongoing to late-April 2021

  • Works to install screens along the William Street bridge will continue from late February
  • This activity will require the use of a crane and crews with hand tools
  • These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise

Normal construction hours

24-hour rail works

Rail corridor between South Yarra and Caulfield Stations

Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May 2021

  • Works within the Frankston/Dandenong rail corridor between South Yarra and Caulfield stations will take place over one weekend in April
  • This will include maintenance works to a previously installed staircase and the William Street bridge abutment, overhead gantry works and installing cable conduits and fibre subducting within the rail corridor
  • Works will require the use of elevated work platforms (EWPs), a hi-rail crane, concrete trucks, hi-rail excavators, NDD trucks to expose underground services, tipper trucks, a cable truck and crews with hand tools
  • A temporary lane closure on a section of Arthur Street is required to undertake overhead structure works during this time. Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safe movement and local traffic on Arthur Street. Local access will be maintained during this time
  • These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise with some high-level peaks. Where possible, higher impact works will be scheduled to take place during the day
  • Generator-powered lighting towers are required while we complete night works. Where possible, lights will be positioned to face away from residential properties and noise reduction mats will be placed around generators.

24 hour works

South Yarra substation works

South Yarra Siding Reserve

Ongoing

Mid-April to late-2021

Retaining wall and pile break-back works
  • We completed the construction of 31 piles required for the future substation and retaining wall in March
  • Pile break-back works, and works to construct the retaining wall and the substation will continue throughout April
  • The pre-cast panels for the retaining wall will be delivered to site, where a crane will be used to lift the panels into place
  • Works will involve the use of excavators, cranes, concrete trucks, jackhammers to break-back the piles and crews with hand tools
  • Additional truck movements will be required to deliver concrete and steel reinforcement cages. To ensure structural integrity, concrete pours must be continuous and therefore may occasionally continue outside of standard construction hours
  • Works are expected to generate medium levels of noise and vibration with some high-level noise peaks when jackhammering is in use.
Underground service and drainage works
  • Works to install the underground services for the substation will commence in April
  • This will involve excavating and NDD to locate and safely expose any existing underground services
  • Works will require the use of excavators, drills, trenching equipment to install the underground services, EWPs and crews with hand tools
  • Works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise, with medium levels of vibration while trenching works are in progress.

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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 impacts

  • A temporary lane closure on a section of Arthur Street is required to undertake overhead structure works from Friday 30 April to Monday 3 May
  • A total of three overnight road closures and some temporary parking removal on Chambers Street is required to safely deliver the CER/SER buildings in May. Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safe movement of local traffic. Residents will be notified of the details closer to the date.

See our disruption section for transport changes in South Yarra.

Works area map

South Yarra construction map showing road closure of Arthur St, extend rail work and TBM retrieval

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Works look ahead

Timeline for works in South Yarra. Entrance preparation works finish by 2021. Cross passage works start in January 2021

Download notifications

DateNotice
06 Apr 2021 South Yarra, construction update, April 2021 (PDF, 470.9 KB)
30 Mar 2021 South Yarra to Caulfield, Out of hours rail works, March-April, 2021 (PDF, 741.9 KB)
30 Mar 2021 South Yarra to Windsor, 24 hour rail works, March 2021 (PDF, 566.1 KB)
16 Mar 2021 South Yarra, Toorak Rd kerb repair works, March 2021 (PDF, 497.8 KB)
04 Mar 2021 South Yarra, construction update, March 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
18 Feb 2021 South Yarra, cross passage construction works notification, February 2021 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
04 Feb 2021 Greville Street, Prahran and Union Street, Windsor, 24/7 rail access works notification, February 2021 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
03 Feb 2021 South Yarra, construction update, February 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
01 Feb 2021 South Yarra, site establishment works notification, February to December 2021 (PDF, 624.7 KB)
01 Feb 2021 South Yarra, out of hours asbestos removal works notification, February 2021 (PDF, 3.2 MB)
19 Jan 2021 South Yarra, construction update, January 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
30 Nov 2020 South Yarra, construction update, December 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
30 Oct 2020 South Yarra, construction update, November 2020 (PDF, 369.5 KB)
26 Oct 2020 South Yarra, temporary partial closure of Arthur Street for drainage installation works notification, November to December 2020 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
26 Oct 2020 South Yarra, overnight delivery works notification, November 2020 (PDF, 100.5 KB)
01 Oct 2020 South Yarra, construction update, October 2020 (PDF, 326.6 KB)
24 Sep 2020 South Yarra, temporary parking removal, September to October 2020 (PDF, 227.4 KB)
17 Sep 2020 South Yarra Siding Reserve, extended construction hours, September to October 2020 (PDF, 104.7 KB)
01 Sep 2020 South Yarra construction update, September 2020 (PDF, 402.9 KB)
01 Sep 2020 South Yarra, 24/7 tunnel boring machine retrieval works notification, Sept to Nov 2020 (PDF, 596.9 KB)
01 Sep 2020 Yarra Street, out of hours drainage works notification, September 2020 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
17 Aug 2020 South Yarra, South Yarra to Hawksburn rail corridor works notification, August to September 2020 (PDF, 139.5 KB)
17 Aug 2020 South Yarra Siding Reserve extended construction hours, September 2020 (PDF, 126.8 KB)
10 Aug 2020 South Yarra Siding Reserve foundation works notification, August 2020 (PDF, 118.4 KB)
10 Aug 2020 Hawksburn to Caulfield 24/7 rail corridor works notification, August 2020 (PDF, 555.0 KB)
10 Aug 2020 South Yarra, Yarra Street out of hours drainage works, August 2020 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
03 Aug 2020 South Yarra Siding Reserve extended construction hours notification, August 2020 (PDF, 119.4 KB)
24 Jul 2020 South Yarra construction update, August 2020 (PDF, 345.6 KB)
20 Jul 2020 South Yarra Siding Reserve works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 124.6 KB)
16 Jul 2020 South Yarra, Hawksburn station 24/7 works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 4.0 MB)
16 Jul 2020 South Yarra, Toorak to Caulfield 24/7 rail corridor works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 283.7 KB)
30 Jun 2020 South Yarra construction update, July 2020 (PDF, 325.0 KB)
22 Jun 2020 South Yarra, out of hours service investigation works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 163.3 KB)
22 Jun 2020 South Yarra, Osborne Street out of hours works notification, July 2020 (PDF, 159.4 KB)
12 Jun 2020 South Yarra, Yarra Street out of hours works notification, June 2020 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
12 Jun 2020 South Yarra Arthur and Williams streets works notification, June to September 2020 (PDF, 155.9 KB)
11 Jun 2020 South Yarra, rail corridor service investigation works notification, June 2020 (PDF, 164.6 KB)
04 Jun 2020 South Yarra construction update, June 2020 (PDF, 364.7 KB)
29 May 2020 South Yarra, William Street overnight deliveries and tree removal notification, June 2020 (PDF, 155.7 KB)
29 May 2020 South Yarra, Hawksburn to Malvern rail corridor works notification, June 2020 (PDF, 157.4 KB)
29 May 2020 South Yarra, Malvern to Caulfield rail corridor works notification, June 2020 (PDF, 173.0 KB)
29 May 2020 South Yarra, concrete pour out of hours notification, May 2020 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
28 May 2020 South Yarra, extended construction hours Arthur and William streets, June 2020 (PDF, 154.5 KB)
28 May 2020 South Yarra, out of hours pipe installation and grouting works, May June 2020 (PDF, 159.6 KB)
28 Apr 2020 South Yarra extended hours Arthur Street, May 2020 (PDF, 148.2 KB)
28 Apr 2020 South Yarra construction update, May 2020 (PDF, 379.7 KB)
03 Apr 2020 South Yarra, Yarra Street works notification, April 2020 (PDF, 1.0 MB)
31 Mar 2020 Caulfield works notification, April 2020 (PDF, 181.8 KB)
23 Mar 2020 South Yarra construction update, April 2020 (PDF, 902.4 KB)
03 Mar 2020 South Yarra, monthly construction update, March 2020 (PDF, 378.4 KB)
24 Feb 2020 South Yarra Malvern Station out of hours works notification, February 2020 (PDF, 154.4 KB)
24 Feb 2020 South Yarra Caulfield Station out of hours works notification, March 2020 (PDF, 158.7 KB)
14 Feb 2020 South Yarra works notification, Chambers Street, March 2020 (PDF, 751.6 KB)
06 Feb 2020 South Yarra works notification, Chambers Street, February 2020 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
05 Feb 2020 South Yarra construction update, February (PDF, 590.6 KB)