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Metro Tunnel

Early Works Development Plans

As part of the requirements of the Metro Tunnel Incorporated Document, Development Plans are required to be prepared by contractors appointed to deliver permanent infrastructure or any other above-ground works / structures for the Metro Tunnel Project and made available for public viewing and comment for 15 business days, prior to submission to the Minister for Planning for approval.

Development Plans include site layout plans, architectural, landscape and public realm plans, together with an explanation which demonstrates how the infrastructure will be delivered in accordance with the approved Environmental Performance Requirements, as defined in the Environmental Management Framework and the Urban Design Strategy.

Development Plans have been prepared and approved for the temporary construction power substations at Arden and Domain and the new tram stop on Park Street, South Melbourne.

Additionally, draft Development Plans have been prepared for each of the five new stations and submitted for approval.

Park Street, South Melbourne

As part of the Metro Tunnel Project, Yarra Trams prepared a Development Plan (PDF, 2.4 MB) for works to construct and deliver an upgraded tram stop on Park Street, South Melbourne.

The Development Plan has been approved by the Minister for Planning.

These works included:

  • relocating and upgrading existing Tram Stop 119 to create a new permanent level access tram stop and platforms on Park Street, South Melbourne
  • installation of new tram infrastructure, including tracks, poles and overhead cables
  • changes to traffic management and road access to facilitate the construction works and minimise impacts on local communities
  • removal of up to 26 on-street parking spaces to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction
  • changes to the intersection of Wells Street / Palmerston Crescent to allow for safe vehicle turning movements and tram operations
  • other associated construction activities.

The Development Plan was updated (PDF, 967.0 KB) in 2020 to include:

  • Safety improvements including the installation of traffic control signs and associated infrastructure and the removal of redundant traffic elements (where required)
  • Installation of a right turn lane on Wells Street
  • Removal of one car space on Park Street, South Melbourne to meet safety and functionality requirements for the signalisation works.

Construction power substations – Arden & Domain

As the Construction Power Works Contractor, Beon Energy Solutions prepared a Development Plan (PDF, 5.9 MB) which covers the scope and impacts of works to construct temporary substations to power the tunnel boring machines required to build the Metro Tunnel Project.

The Development Plan was approved in October 2017 by the Acting Minister for Planning.

These works include:

  • construction of two temporary power substations – one at Arden (south of Barwise Street) and one at Domain (on Edmund Herring Oval)
  • access, security and fencing for each substation
  • tree protection
  • connecting the temporary power substations to existing power assets
  • traffic management to facilitate the works and minimise impacts on local communities
  • associated construction activities.