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

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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