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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 January

In January, works to construct the Metro Tunnel will continue with construction beginning on the communications equipment room (CER) and signalling equipment room (SER), and a retaining wall for South Yarra substation works along the Sandringham line. This update provides an outline of current and upcoming works in your area throughout January.

  • Excavating the construction access ramp within the Siding Reserve
  • Installing drainage for the stormwater  detention tank
  • Installing underground services, lighting, pavement, and fencing
  • Hard and soft landscaping
  • CER and SER works
  • Installing retaining walls for the substation
  • Installing fencing and architectural screens
  • Installing containment barriers on the  William Street bridge
  • Cross passage construction works
  • Retrieving tunnelling equipment
  • Breakthrough to decline structure.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Excavation and backfilling works

South Yarra Siding Reserve

January to mid-February 2021

  • Works to excavate construction access ramp and backfill areas of the site will start in January
  • These works will include excavating, backfilling and soil nailing to stabilise the ground
  • Works will require the use of excavators, drills and crews with hand tools
  • Works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise.

Normal construction hours

Stormwater detention tank and drainage works

South Yarra Siding Reserve

Ongoing to early February 2021

  • Works to install drainage connections to the stormwater detention tank in the Siding Reserve will continue throughout January
  • Works will include excavating and backfilling the area using an excavator
  • Works will require the use of elevated work platforms, excavators and crews with hand tools
  • Works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise.

Normal construction hours

Underground services, lighting, pavement and fencing works

Lovers Walk and Arthur Street

Ongoing to mid-February 2021
  • Works to install underground services, lighting, pavement, and fencing along Lovers Walk and Arthur Street will continue in January, including hard and soft landscaping works
  • These works include installing the fencing, cable conduits, pits, light pole foundations and constructing the pavement along Lovers Walk and Arthur Street
  • Prior to installing new underground services, non-destructive 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
  • Rock may be present in the local area, which may require rock breaking works. These works will involve the use of an excavator and crews with hand tools
  • 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

CER and SER foundation and fencing works

South Yarra Siding Reserve

January to late February 2021

  • Foundation and fencing works for the SER and CER buildings will begin in January, including installing piles and capping beams
  • Works will require the use of a small piling rig, excavator and crews with hand tools
  • Works are expected to generate medium levels of noise with high level peaks.

Normal construction hours

South Yarra substation retaining wall works

South Yarra Siding Reserve

January to late-February 2021

  • Works to construct the retaining wall for the substation will begin in January
  • This will include compaction works before installing the piling pads, continuous flight auger (CFA) piles, and capping beams along the Sandringham rail corridor
  • Works will involve the use of an excavator, a piling rig, a compaction roller and crews with hand tools spraying concrete (shotcrete) to line the capping beams
  • Works are expected to generate medium levels of noise with some high-level peaks and medium to high levels of vibration while compaction works are in progress.

Normal construction hours

Fencing and architectural screen works

Rail Corridor between William and Chapel streets


Ongoing to late-January 2021
  • Works to install the fencing and architectural screens along the rail corridor on Lovers Walk and on Arthurs Street between William and Chapel Streets will continue in January
  • Works will involve 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

Containment safety barrier works

William Street bridge


Ongoing to late-January 2021
  • Works to install containment safety barriers along the William Street bridge will continue to progress in January
  • 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

Cross passage construction works

Osborne Street

Ongoing

  • Preparatory works for cross passage construction continue from the retrieval shaft
  • A cross passage is a short tunnel that connects the two parallel tunnels. These passages are an important safety feature that allow people (including emergency services) to move from one tunnel to the other
  • Preparatory works include mobilisation of working platforms, grouting to improve ground conditions and installing supporting structures for the excavation
  • There are six cross passages located between Anzac Station and the Eastern Portal. Excavation for the cross passages will commence underground inside the tunnels this month
  • Once cross passage construction commences, trucks will run intermittently from the Eastern Portal to remove spoil from the underground excavation.

24 hour works

Tunnelling equipment retrieval

Osborne Street


Ongoing
  • Tunnelling between Anzac Station and South Yarra is now complete and all oversized pieces of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) have been returned to the Anzac Station site
  • Works will continue to remove pipes that are no  longer required from within the completed tunnels
  • The pipe removal works will operate 24/7 within the retrieval shaft
  • To assist with this work, the gantry crane will be  used to move the pipes around. While the crane  will mostly be used during the day, it may operate  until 10pm some nights.

24 hour works

Breakthrough to decline structure

Osborne Street

January

  • In January, work will commence to merge the retrieval shaft with the decline structure under the Sandringham line
  • Using concrete saws and excavators with hammers the team will break through the eastern wall of the retrieval shaft
  • This is expected to generate periods of high level noise.

Normal construction hours

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 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
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)