The Metro Tunnel Project

The Metro Tunnel Project is one of the largest public transport projects ever undertaken in Australia and the first major investment in Melbourne’s CBD rail since the City Loop was completed 30 years ago.

It will free up space in the City Loop, which will allow more trains to run in and out of the city with its ‘turn-up-and-go’ services and make travel to and from RMIT easier.

As part of the Metro Tunnel Project, a new underground station is being built on the doorstep of RMIT.

The University is excited to be a key stakeholder in this project. Works on the Metro Tunnel have begun and we will endeavour to keep you updated on developments and opportunities for engagement as the project progresses.


Updates

Metro Tunnel Early Works (MTEW) contractor, John Holland plan to undertake a façade survey on Building 37 in preparation for the upcoming installation of acoustic panels.

A boom lift carrying a driver and an inspector will be operating along the northern façade of Building 37 from behind the John Holland Early Works hoarding. Accesses to the building will not be affected, however, a traffic controller will direct pedestrian access into Level 1 from Swanston Street.

The works will be undertaken at Building 37 on Wednesday 9 August starting 8:30am to 7pm.

Installation of acoustic panels has been delayed and dates will be confirmed when known.

8 August 2017


Building 37, Levels 1, 3, 4 and 5 will have windows caulked on the northern façade. Windows will be sealed to limit dust and fumes from external works on A’Beckett Street. Additionally, a Property Services consultant will be undertaking a structural test of the Level 1 pillars on 5 August.

Level 1: Closed on 5 & 6 August to facilitate the works.

Level 3: Due to impeded access to windows on this floor, desks along the northern windows require temporary relocation. Staff will be provided with removal crates on Wednesday 2 August which will need to be packed by 3pm Friday 4 August for the works to commence. All desks will be reinstated by 9am Monday 7 August.

Level 4: 2 & 3 August 6pm-6am

Level 1 & 3:6am 5 August to 6pm 6 August (weekend)

Level 5: 7 & 8 August 6pm-6am


2 August 2017


Applications for the 2018 Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) Graduate Program are now open!

Opportunities are available across the following programs and RMIT graduates are encouraged to apply to work on these complex local projects:

  • Metro Tunnel Graduate Program
  • Level Crossing Removal Authority Graduate Program
  • West Gate Tunnel Graduate Program
  • North East Link Authority Graduate Program

More information on how to apply can be found on the Metro Tunnel webpage.

1 August 2017


Metro Tunnel Early Works (MTEW) contractor, John Holland will install acoustic panels over the external windows of the northern facade of Building 37 from Level 1 to Level 5. The purpose is to mitigate high noise levels caused by the construction works. Once installed, the internal ambient noise conditions will be greatly improved. Although natural light will be blocked, RMIT infrastructure upgrade project, the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP) completed installation of LED lights on 28 July 2017, ensuring that lighting conditions meet Australian Standards.

If access routes to Level 1 via A’Beckett Street is affected during installation, a Notice will be provided in advance.

When will works occur?

Acoustic Panel fixings: Drilling will commence into Building 37 in preparation for panels on Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August 2017.

Installation of Panels: Tuesday 8 August through to Saturday 12 August 2017.

28 July 2017


Metro Tunnel Early Works (MTEW) contractor, John Holland will replace the footpath on the southern side of A’Beckett Street adjacent to Building 37 which will form the boundary of the southern piling activities.

Building 37 Level 1 is currently accessed from A’Beckett Street via Swanston Street.

From users of Building 37 will only be able to access Level 1 via A’Beckett Street from the Stewart Street end of the footpath. Access to Level 1, Building 37 will re-open on Tuesday 1 August from Swanston Street.


27 July 2017


Metro Tunnel Early Works managing contractor, John Holland will be undertaking road surface removal known as profiling works in A'Beckett Street. Buildings 37, 80 and 81 may be affected by a high level of noise expected from these works.

Works to occur on Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July 2017.

26 July 2017


Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation will deliver the $1 billion Rail Systems Alliance, which includes the first roll-out of a high capacity signalling (HCS) and communications system on an existing rail network anywhere in Australia.

HCS allows trains to safely run closer together, meaning they can run more often. The advanced technology will enable trains every two to three minutes – creating a true ‘turn-up-and-go’ train network for Melbourne.

This follows news earlier this week that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) was announced as the Public Private Partnership for delivering the Tunnels and Stations package, worth $6 billion.

For more information, refer to the Premier’s Media Release.

18 July 2017


After an extensive competitive tender process with the world's most experienced construction and tunnelling contractors, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced that the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations. The consortium is led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital.

This announcement marks the selection of designers and builders for the biggest public transport project in Victoria's history, paving the way for more trains and the creation of thousands of new jobs across Victoria.

View the Premier's media release and watch the latest Metro Tunnel video, showing the new station concepts.

For more information, refer to the Metro Tunnel, Tunnels and Stations Package.

18 July 2017


Metro Tunnel Early Works (MTEW) managing contractor, John Holland will be organising Telstra Works near Building 37. These works include the installation of new cables through new conduits.
There will be no impact to RMIT communications.
Works will be undertaken from Monday 17 July to Wednesday 19 July 2017.

14 July 2017


The water supply at Building 81 was isolated successfully on Sunday 16 July. This was undertaken by the Metro Tunnel Early Works (MTEW) managing contractor, John Holland. The scheduled shutdown on Wednesday has been postponed to Friday 21 July.

Sunday 16 July from 8:00am to 4:00pm - Successfully occurred

Wednesday 19 July from 7:00am to 10:00am

Friday 21 July 7:00am to 11:00 am


For more information, contact the Metro Tunnel Project Information Line on 1800 551 927.

13 July 2017


Metro Tunnel Early Works managing contractor John Holland will be isolating the water mains on A'Beckett Street and Stewart Street. There will be no impact to RMIT services.

The isolation will occur from 8:00am Wednesday 12 July and reinstated by 4:00pm Saturday 15 July 2017.

For more information, contact the Metro Tunnel Project Information Line on 1800 551 927.

13 July 2017


Changes to Queensberry Street, which are now underway, will allow traffic to flow more efficiently through the north of the city during construction of the Metro Tunnel.

As part of the works, median parking will be removed to allow Queensberry Street to be widened to two lanes of traffic in each direction between Rathdowne Street and Elizabeth Street.

Works are being delivered at night outside of peak time to minimise impacts to traffic.

What to be aware of

  • Traffic management will be in place during construction to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians
  • Where road closures are required, detours will be in place, and access for residents and businesses will be maintained
  • During the works, some kerbside parking will be temporarily removed along Queensberry Street to ensure adequate space to establish the work site in the centre median, while maintaining a bicycle lane and a traffic lane in each direction.

For more information, refer to July 2017 – Enhancing the road network, Queensberry Street (Night works).

30 June 2017


A fence will be installed on Stewart Street along A’Beckett Urban Square and a pedestrian crossing will be added to Stewart Street to improve safety when moving to and from Building 80 to the basketball courts.

The reason for this is to ensure safe paths of travel are maintained as road condition changes as a result of the Metro Tunnel project.

With these additions, Urban Square will remain an emergency assembly point for the University.

Works will commence 1 July and will be completed by the end of month.

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26 June 2017


The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up work on its major transport projects these school holidays, and drivers and public transport users are being warned to plan ahead.

If you currently travel northbound on St Kilda Road to City campus, take note that St Kilda Road between Domain Road and Kings Way/Toorak Road will be temporarily reduced to one lane in each direction, while buses will replace trams from 1 to 11 July between Domain Road and High Street.

The lane reduction will allow workers to build new tram tracks along Toorak Road and two new tram stops, so that the 58 tram can continue to operate while the new underground station at Domain is built.

During this time, motorists are advised to avoid St Kilda Road if they can, or allow up to 30 minutes extra travel time.

Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained. Pedestrians and cyclists should remain alert to the changed conditions and follow the safety directions of traffic management staff.

For more information on alternative traffic routes, visit the VicRoads website.

For details about public transport changes, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.

Read the Premier’s Winter Construction Blitz to Fast Track Major Projects media release.

23 June 2017


The gas authority will today undertake a safety process to clear a disused gas line. This will occur within the Metro Tunnel Early Works site on A’Beckett Street.

The process will involve gas being released and safely burned-off under a standard control procedure.

There is no risk to any building occupants. If you manage to see any flames on A’Beckett Street, please be assured that this is a standard procedure undertaken by the gas authority across the network. Enjoy the views!

For more information, contact the Metro Tunnel Project Information Line on 1800 551 927.

22 June 2017


Major works on the Metro Tunnel are underway to support construction of a CBD underground station with direct connections to Melbourne Central Station.

Piling work at Franklin Street shaft site will be carried out will be from 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday (piling will finish at 6pm, concrete pouring by 10pm, and other support activities continue until 11pm each night).

Hoarding will be installed around the laydown areas Franklin Street - between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street - and A'Beckett Street on the our half basketball courts and surround footpath and road at Urban Square, to separate the worksite from pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists.

Changes to the road network, parking and loading bays will be undertaken on A’Beckett Street and Franklin Street on Saturdays 3 June and Sunday 4 June between 7am and 5pm.

Signage and traffic management will be in place to allow safe vehicle and pedestrian movement through the area.

Following the completion of service relocations in late July, a gantry walkway will be installed on the northern footpath on A'Beckett Street.

For more detailed information, especially changes in traffic movements, refer to Works Notification - CBD Franklin Street and A'Beckett Street Construction Update.


2 June 2017


Franklin Street eastbound lane between Swanston and Stewart Streets will be closed for up to three hours tomorrow from 10pm Thursday 1 June. The westbound lane will remain open.

The short-term closure of this section of Franklin Street is to allow for the installation of ground water monitoring equipment in one of the wells on the Metro Tunnel Early Works site.

Traffic management and diversion will be place.

For more information, contact the Metro Tunnel Project Line Line 1800 551 927.

31 May 2017


To facilitate the construction of the Metro Tunnel, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), the Victorian Government body responsible for delivery of the Metro Tunnel, has found it necessary to remove the Ash tree located at the corner of Bowen Street and Franklin Street. This removal is supported by an Arborist report which concluded that “it is not viable to retain the tree. It is recommended that the tree is removed in order to install the required services”.

What you need to know

  • The tree being removed is not a scarred tree.
  • As part of the reinstatement strategy, two trees will be replanted for the one removed within City campus.

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10 May 2017


Franklin Street between Swanston Street and Elizabeth street will change over the coming weeks to accommodate the service relocation works. The road network will be adapted accordingly including changes to parking and loading zones in the area. This will be completed in stages to keep pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles moving through the area.

All gas relocations on Franklin Street, A’Beckett Street and Stewart Street are expected to be completed by June 2017.

Piling work activity is ongoing at the Franklin Street shaft site.

Traffic management will be in place during construction to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians.

A reminder, there may be some noise and dust associated with these works. Mitigation strategies which comply with the Metro Tunnel’s Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) will be put in place to minimise disruption to the community.

For specific details of the works, refer to Works Notification – CBD North Construction Update.

1 May 2017


Back in January, you were invited to provide feedback on the proposed changes to Queensberry Street. These changes have now been approved by the City of Melbourne.

This means Queensberry Street will be widened to two traffic lanes between Elizabeth and Rathdowne streets, allowing traffic to flow more efficiently through the north of the city during the construction of the Metro Tunnel.

The outcome from the public consultation program resulted with:

  • a number of changes were made with kerb side parking and bicycle advanced storage boxes being added at each intersection.
  • feedback regarding changes to speed restrictions in the area passed onto to City of Melbourne and VicRoads for their consideration.

Works on Queensberry Street are anticipated to begin from the week commencing Monday 1 May 2017 and will take up to three months to complete. We’re told a staged approach to the works will be undertaken with the parking and median alterations progressively rolling out along Queensberry Street to minimise disruption. Vehicle and cyclist passage will be maintained at all times during construction.

For more information concerning these works, please visit Metro Tunnel’s Changes to Queensberry Street or phone 1800 551 927.

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Intersection of Queensberry and Lygon streets looking east (after works) - artist impression.

27 April 2017


With the Victorian Government announcing over the weekend that early works on the $10.9 billion mega-project have received formal planning approval, we can expect construction around Franklin and A’Beckett Street to ramp up.

What this means is piling rigs will start to get to work as part of preparations to excavate the 11 storey deep shaft at Franklin Street. Construction crews will be driving massive concrete poles deep into the ground for the purpose of reinforcing the walls of the 35 metre-deep shaft where the new underground station will be built.

For more information, go to Shaft Construction, CBD North Early Works April 2017.

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A piling rig on Franklin Street. Image: Metro Tunnel.

11 April 2017


Major construction on the Metro Tunnel is planned to start from Monday 10 April, pending the Minister for Planning’s approval of Early Works.

What you need to know

  • Shaft construction will start with bored piling works on Franklin Street site and will take up to four months to complete.
  • Noise and vibration will result from a range of activities and equipment used during pile construction. Common sources of noise include heavy machinery, trucks, piling rigs, power tools and broadband reversing beepers on mobile equipment.
  • John Holland, the Managing Contractor for this package of works is required to employ mitigation strategies that comply with the Metro Tunnel’s Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) to minimise disruption to the community.
  • Traffic management will be in place during construction to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians.

For more details about these works, go to Shaft Construction, CBD North Early Works.

5 April 2017


Service investigations, relocations and other preparatory works are ramping up across the alignment to prepare sites for major construction.

As of yesterday, gas service relocations commenced in A'Beckett Street between Swanston Street and Stewart Street. These works will occur at night between 9pm and 5am over a four week period and will be conducted by APA and Comdain.

What you need to know

  • Vehicles will be unable to turn right onto Franklin Street from Stewart Street due to the extension of the site compound past the Steward Street and Franklin Street intersection.
  • Signage will be in place to notify vehicles of the left turn only into Franklin Street from Stewart Street.
  • The extension of the site perimeter will provide a laydown area for materials and a holding area for construction vehicles to support the Metro Tunnel Early Works activities at the alternate Franklin Street site.

For more information, refer to Metro Tunnel Works Notification Site Establishment and Service Relocations Update, CBD North.

3 April 2017


Bowen Street exit on Franklin Street will be closed from 7am Saturday 25 March to 6am Tuesday 28 March 2017 for Metro Tunnel Early Works (MTEW) service works.

During this period, John Holland, managing contractor for the MTEW, will be trenching on Franklin Street between Swanston Street and Bowen Street.

What you need to know

  • Emergency egress points will be maintained during this period by John Holland.
  • Contact campus Security on (03) 9925 3895 if you require further assistance.

24 March 2017


Building 37 and Building 80 access from A’Beckett Street will intermittently change to accommodate for Metro Tunnel Early Works (MTEW).

From Monday 13 March to Sunday 24 March, service works will include;

  • Saw cutting – intermittent usage (maximum 2 hours per day)
  • Wacker plate – usage throughout day
  • Vacuum truck – intermittent usage (maximum 2 hours per day).

Refer to Site Establishment and Service Relocation works notice to learn more about the different types of service works.

What you need to know

  • Egress will remain open for both buildings.
  • Should there be works taking place outside an access area, MTEW traffic controllers will be onsite to direct you to an accessible passage way.
  • Down the free SafeZone app, connecting you to the Security team when you require assistance on campus.

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16 March 2017


As part of the Metro Tunnel construction, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), the Victorian Government body responsible for delivery of the Metro Tunnel, will be taking temporary occupancy over our half-court basketball courts at A'Beckett Urban Square from 31 March 2017 (originally 23 March) for a period of up to six years. However, the half-court basketball courts will still be available for use until mid-April. After the six years, the space will be returned to RMIT in its original condition.

What you need to know

  • Fencing and hoarding will be installed to ensure safe paths of travel.
  • Be mindful when accessing A’Beckett Urban Square full basketball courts and BBQ.
  • Stewart Street is open to one-way traffic and will remain this way until the Metro Tunnel is completed.
  • Download the free SafeZone app, which connects you to the Security team anytime you require assistance on campus.

3 March 2017


The Metro Tunnel Early Works Managing Contractor (John Holland), has prepared a draft Early Works Plan which covers the scope and impacts of its works to be delivered across the project area between April and early 2018 to prepare for major construction.

Early Works include:

  • utility service relocation and protection of utility assets,
  • site preparation works, including demolition works, removal or relocation of trees and monuments and road / transport network changes, and
  • the construction of shafts at CBD North and CBD South Station precincts.

Early Works Plans demonstrate how Early Works will be delivered in accordance with the approved Environmental Performance Requirements

The draft Early Works Plan is available for viewing and comment for 15 business days from 17 February to 9 March 2017.

You can provide feedback via Metro Tunnel’s online form or if you require assistance with completing the online form or require the form in an alternative format, contact the Metro Tunnel Project Information Line on 1800 551 927 or the Interpreter Line on (03) 9280 0700.

27 February 2017


The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, the Victorian Government body responsible for delivery of the Metro Tunnel, potentially will be at our HE Welcome Day (City campus) on Thursday 23 February.

Drop-by their tent and ask them a question or two and find out about graduate and vacation opportunities!

Find them at Building 11 forecourt.

21 February 2017


From our City campus light projections (CBD North side) to a playful 3D illusion into the construction of the Metro Tunnel underneath Swanston Street (CBD South side), no two experience will be the same at White Night Melbourne tomorrow.

Check out the full program at whitenightmelbourne.com.au/program.

16 February 2017


From Wednesday 15 February, Metro Tunnel will be undertaking night works to continue service relocation works within the area. This work needs to be completed at night to ensure traffic on the road and tram networks can continue to operate unimpeded.

The works are expected to take up to five nights over a two-week period and will affect Victoria Street, Swanston Street and Franklin Street.

For more information, refer to Metro Tunnel Works Notification Night Works, CBD North.

10 February 2017


Queensberry Street will be widened to two traffic lanes between Elizabeth and Rathdowne streets to keep traffic flowing through Melbourne during the Metro Tunnel’s construction. The bike lane on both sides of Queensberry Street will be retained, maintaining safe passage for cyclists.

Should you have feedback on the changes to Queensberry Street, you are welcome to complete Metro Tunnel’s online survey or attend a community information session.

Further details at Changes to Queensberry Street.

20 January 2017


Metro Tunnel Early Works started today in preparation for major construction for the Metro Tunnel project. These works will be delivered by John Holland and include site establishment, tree and vegetation removal, relocation and protection of underground utility services such as water, gas, power and telecommunications and shaft construction for the new rail tunnels and CBD North station.

What's happening?

  • Closing Franklin Street to all traffic between Victoria and Swanston streets
  • Closing A’Beckett Street to all traffic between Swanston and Stewart streets
  • Reopening Stewart Street for one-way northbound traffic from A’Beckett Street
  • 16 January 2017


    The Metro Tunnel is coming and will transform Melbourne's public transport network. But before this all happens, works are required in 2017 ahead of major construction for the Metro Tunnel project in 2018.

    The first stage of the works will start from mid-January 2017. These works will result in changes to vehicle and pedestrian access. Wayfinding and signage will be in place to provide clear direction.

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    For more information, go to the Works Notice.

    23 December 2016


    Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today announced more than $25 million in road and traffic management upgrades to keep the city moving while the Metro Tunnel is built.

    This means from early next year, your travel movements around City campus, especially around Building 14 and Building 80 will be affected with:

    • Franklin Street closed between Victoria Street and Swanston Street
    • A'Beckett Street closed between Swanston Street and Stewart Street.
    • The re-opening of Stewart Street. Street seating on Stewart Street will no longer be available and there will be modified access to A'Beckett Urban Square full basketball courts and BBQ area.

    These changes will remain for five years to enable construction of the new CBD North Station.

    A Community Drop-In Information Session will be held on 6 December, which we encourage you to attend.

    28 November 2016


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