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Metro Tunnel

Eastern and Western Portal development plans

Metro Tunnel works are currently underway in Kensington and South Yarra, with the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) undertaking works to construct an ancillary building with emergency access and egress and the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) completing the tunnel entrances.

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.

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

Eastern tunnel entrance development plans

Latest document

Scope and extent of works


Eastern Portal Development Plan
CYP Eastern Portal Development Plan (PDF, 7.0 MB)

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

Approved 1 July 2018

Eastern Portal Development Plan
RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan (PDF, 15.6 MB)

  • 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
  • A new promenade connecting South Yarra Siding Reserve to Chapel Street

Approved 15 May 2019

  • 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

Approved 25 May 2020

  • Amendments 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
  • Minor design changes and landscaping along the new Lovers Walk

Approved 8 January 2021

  • Alterations to South Yarra Siding Reserve and Osborne Street Reserve to accommodate the approved substation works
  • Limit changes to the configuration of key design elements in the reserves
  • Retain all key elements of the reserves in an alternative arrangement
Approved 10 August 2021

Western tunnel entrance development plans

Latest document

Scope and extent of works


Western Portal Development Plan
CYP Western Portal Development Plan (PDF, 11.8 MB)

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

Approved 28 February 2021

Western Portal Development Plan
RIA Western Portal Development Plan (PDF, 22.5 MB)

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

Approved 22 May 2019

The Development Plan had a minor update in August 2019 to include further design refinements made in response to design development, and feedback received on the Plan as part of the initial consultation process.

  • Improve landscaping opportunities, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and view lines along Childers Street resulting in the removal of twenty-four (24) parking spaces (a total of 82 car spaces are provided)
  • Include an additional four bicycle hoops in the Ormond Street public space
  • Reduce the Ormond Street public space to enable the turning around of vehicles within Ormond Street and still allow on-street parking in front of 133 Ormond Street
  • Reduce the amount of hard landscaping and increasing the amount of soft landscaping in the Ormond Street public space and the Station forecourt
  • Identifying the ‘shared zone’ at the Station Forecourt as a ‘pedestrian prioritised space’
  • Propose planting on the embankment at the west end of Childers Street, rather than ballast
Approved 15 September 2019
  • 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

Approved 6 September 2020

Kensington Urban Design Plan
Kensington Urban Design fact sheet (PDF, 1.4 MB)

The project 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.

Consultation feedback

The Development Plans, and amendments, are made available for public display and comment. The project also engages and consults with a wide range of community members and stakeholders who may have an interest in the tunnel entrances.


Public display period

What we heard

CYP Development Plans (Eastern and Western)

6 – 27 April 2018

RIA Development Plans (Eastern and Western)

4 – 22 February 2019

RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan Amendment

17 February – 6 March 2020

RIA Western Portal Development Plan Amendment

4 – 25 May 2020

RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan Amendment 13 – 31 July 2020
RIA Eastern Portal Development Plan Minor Amendment9 – 26 March 2021