Metro Rail – November update with timeline

Jan and I met with Metro Rail this week.  We met with

  • James Tonkin (Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations)
  • Simon Adams (Domain Station Precinct Manager)
  • Jacqueline Novoselec (Senior Communications & Stakeholder Relations Advisor).

They provided the attached detailed pack (2016-11-mm-presentation-20161109-botanica) and spent a couple of hours with us discussing many of the issues in detail, especially the timeline.  I stressed to MMRA that everyone is trying to plan around the tunnel and we need a timeline.  Obviously it is not possible to be 100% definitive but the information below is the best estimate today.

Our engagement is strong, they are always keen to meet on site at Botanica and are very open and frank.

This is my version of the timeline for ‘early works’ plus tunnel construction

Late 2016

  • Work near the Shrine corner has commenced
  • Eight juvenile trees will go
  • Metro Rail have worked hard to keep two large trees in the compound area despite higher cost.

First half 2017

  • Bromby St will re-open around March in preparation for Domain Rd closure
  • Minor work in Bowen Cres on services relocation (telco lines, etc)
  • Before Anzac Day
    • New permanent Tram Super Stop on city side of Toorak Rd
    • Some plane trees will go for this stop
    • Number 8 trams start running on new route
  • Domain Road closed shortly after
  • Sewer work commences
    • Will be large shaft in Domain Rd (Closed section) and Albert Rd

Second half 2017

  • More sewer work
  • Expect preferred tunnel and station contractors announced by September 2017
  • Re-configure St Kilda Rd outside Botanica
    • One car lane, one tram lane and one bike lane in each direction
    • Outside Botanica, those lanes will be on opposite side of the road. They will sweep back to our side of the road near Albert Rd
    • The station box will be immediately on our kerb edge
    • Trees will go on both sides of the road
    • We will continue to have driveway access, except minor, well advised times.

Early 2018

  • Tunnel and Station Contractor mobilization
  • Construction of Station Box
    • Stage 1
      • Will be large  uncovered hole
      • Day work only
      • Will take roughly 18 months
      • Wall will be done via Diaphragm construction ( Should be less intrusive than pile driving
      • See Cut and Cover pictures in attachment
      • Hole will go from our kerb edge past the middle of road

Mid 2019

  • Construction of Station Box
    • Stage 2
      • Acoustic shed built
      • Continuous 7/24 operation
      • Will take roughly 18 months


  • Construction materially complete
  • Road back to final config
  • Advanced trees replanted



  • Final fit out / testing / civil work



  • Operational

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