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Metro Tunnel

Eastern and Western Portal Development Plans

The development plans describe the proposed designs for the tunnel entrances in Kensington and South Yarra.

The development 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 (PDF, 1.2 MB) and the approved Urban Design Strategy (PDF, 8.3 MB) for the project.

Metro Tunnel works are currently underway in Kensington and South Yarra, with the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) undertaking works to construct the tunnel boring machine retrieval shafts and the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) building of the tunnel entrances.

These works have already undergone a planning approval process through the CYP Development Plan and the RIA Early Works Plan, which have been approved by the Minister for Planning.

RIA Development Plans

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

At the eastern tunnel entrance (South Yarra) this includes:

  • Construction of a tunnel entrance connecting the Metro Tunnel to the rail network east of William Street
  • Permanent realignment of the Cranbourne / Pakenham line and the Frankston line
  • Reinstatement and enhancement of South Yarra Siding Reserve
  • Emergency egress area adjacent to the rail corridor and William Street
  • A replacement bridge at William Street
  • A new pedestrian and cycling bridge at Osborne Street connecting to South Yarra Siding Reserve
  • Reinstated roads and walkways
  • Retaining walls and embankments
  • Construction of a detention tank under South Yarra Siding Reserve, and
  • A new promenade connecting South Yarra Siding Reserve to Chapel Street.

At the western tunnel entrance (Kensington) this includes:

  • A widened rail corridor, including retaining walls and lineside fencing
  • A tunnel entrance to the west of South Kensington station
  • Retaining walls, including a flood wall along Childers Street, and embankments
  • Reinstated roads, including Childers Street, footpaths, pavement and car parking
  • Upgrades to traction power and overhead infrastructure
  • Redesigned entry and forecourt at South Kensington station, and
  • A new pocket park at 135 Ormond Street.

What we heard

Draft RIA Development Plans for the Western Portal and Eastern Portal were made available for public display and comment from 4 to 22 February 2019. The project also engaged and consulted with a wide range of community members and stakeholders who may have an interest in the tunnel entrances. This is what we heard about the eastern tunnel entrance (PDF, 1.4 MB) and the western tunnel entrance plans (PDF, 913.5 KB).

The RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan, outlining the scope and extent of RIA works in South Yarra was approved on 15 May 2019.

RIA Development Plan amendments

RIA Western Portal Development Plan Amendment

The RIA project team is proposing to update the existing Western Portal Development Plan to include:

  • Additional project land at 1-39 Hobsons Road for proposed rail services buildings and associated works to deliver vital communications and signalling infrastructure for the Metro Tunnel
  • Minor landscaping and design changes along Childers Street
  • Addition of a small area of Childers Street east of South Kensington station into the Development Plan area to enable access to the rail corridor for maintenance as required
  • Flood plain management / protection alongside rail corridor
  • Editorial updates to reflect proposed amendments.

Feedback closed on Monday 25 May 2020.

RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan Amendment

Consultation on the proposed amendments to the development plan closed on Friday 6 March 2020.

The Minister for Planning has approved the Development Plan amendment. The approval includes the following key amendments:

  • A new pocket park on Arthur Street and amended streetscape
  • Amendments to the design of the Osborne Street reserve and streetscape
  • Minor amendments to the surface finishes on the William Street Bridge and the William Street pocket park
  • Updates to acoustic attenuation solutions

The amendment was made available for public display and comment from 17 February to 6 March 2020. The project also engaged and consulted with a wide range of community members and stakeholders who may have an interest in the tunnel entrances. This is what we heard about the eastern tunnel entrance (PDF, 1.1 MB).

The RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan amendment, outlining the scope and extent of RIA works in South Yarra was approved on 25 May 2020.

RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan (SER/CER) Amendment

RIA is seeking an amendment to its existing Eastern Portal Development Plan to progress construction of rail services buildings, known as Communications Equipment Rooms (CER) and Signalling Equipment Rooms (SER), on the northern side of the rail corridor to deliver vital communications and signalling infrastructure for the Metro Tunnel. The proposed amendment also includes minor design changes and landscaping along the new Lovers Walk.

The proposed Development Plan amendment was available for public inspection and comment in July 2020.

Kensington Urban Design

This Kensington Urban Design fact sheet (PDF, 1.4 MB) includes information about plans to create new public spaces and improved connections around the western portal and includes some current artist impressions for the landscaping and appearance of the site.

The project's design seeks to provide:

  • Access to and along Childers Street for a range of vehicle types and cyclists
  • Safe connections for cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles travelling along Childers Street near South Kensington station
  • Increased landscaping and vegetation along Childers Street and around the station entrance
  • Adequate parking for station users and JJ Holland Park users
  • Additional public open space from JJ Holland Park into 135 Ormond Street
  • Integration between JJ Holland Park, new public space and the updated station entrance

CYP Development Plans

These plans address the scope and extent of CYP works at the eastern and western tunnel entrances.

At the eastern tunnel entrance (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 Kensington this includes:

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

Consultation

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 Cross Yarra Partnership 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.