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Metro Tunnel

Eastern and Western Portal Development Plans

The Development Plans describe the proposed designs for the tunnel entrances at the Western Portal in Kensington and Eastern Portal in South Yarra and surrounds.

Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP), the contractor for the tunnel and stations package of works, has prepared draft Development Plans for the entrances to the Metro Tunnel.

The plans demonstrate how the works will be delivered in accordance with the approved Environmental Performance Requirements as defined in the Metro Tunnel Environmental Management Framework and the approved Urban Design Strategy for the project.

The following plans have been approved by the Minister for Planning.

Scope of the Development Plans

These plans only address the scope and extent of CYP works at the Eastern Portal and Western Portal.

At the Eastern Portal (South Yarra) this includes:

  • An ancillary building with emergency access and egress
  • Reinstatement of Osborne Street
  • Landscaping within the CYP extent of works area surrounding the ancillary building

At the Western Portal (Kensington) this includes:

  • An ancillary building with emergency access and egress
  • Reinstatement of Childers Street

Other works proposed in the Eastern Portal and Western Portal areas, including landscaping and hardscaping in the public realm, will be undertaken by the appointed Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) contractor.

The scope and extent of the built form for the appointed RIA contractor will be addressed in separate Development Plans, which will be subject to public inspection and comment in accordance with the Incorporated Document.

Development plans

Eastern Portal Development Plan

Eastern Portal Development Plan (PDF, 7.0 MB)

Western Portal Development Plan

Western Portal Development Plan (PDF, 8.8 MB)

Consultation process

Draft Development Plans for the Western Portal and Eastern Portal were made available for public display and comment from Friday 6 April 2018 to Friday 27 April 2018.

As part of the updated Development Plan submission to the Minister for Planning, Cross Yarra Partnership has provided all written comments received during the stakeholder and community consultation undertaken in April 2018.

In total, 22 submissions were received.

The key issues raised in feedback received on the Western Portal included:

  • Flood mitigation
  • External materials and finishes
  • Interface with appointed Rail Infrastructure Alliance contractor
  • Tree removal and replacement
  • South Kensington station upgrade

The key issues raised in feedback received on the Eastern Portal included:

  • Ancillary building set back
  • Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • External materials and finishes
  • Interface with appointed Rail Infrastructure Alliance contractor
  • Landscaping
  • South Yarra station upgrade

Cross Yarra Partnership Response

This report (PDF, 136.5 KB) outlines how feedback on these key issues has been addressed by CYP in the updated Portal Development Plans submitted to the Minister for Planning.

Detailed design will continue during project delivery, with CYP to prepare approximately 450 Design Packages that relate to specific technical disciplines and geographic areas.

In accordance with the project contract, Design Packages are reviewed by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) and the Independent Reviewer, and subject to specified consultation with relevant stakeholders such as relevant council/s, the Office of Victorian Government Architect (OVGA), VicRoads, Metro Trains Melbourne and Yarra Trams.

In the event that the scope and extent of the built form of CYP's works change during detailed design or as a result of heritage approval requirements, an amendment to the Development Plan would be prepared and approval sought from the Minister for Planning.