Category Archives: Metro Tunnel

Car bay

I have been asked to clarify that the car bay previously noted as being for sale is now subject to an adverse possession claim.

The bay has been occupied for some years by an owner.

The OC fees have been being paid by someone else until late last year. Not the occupier of the car bay.

I’m sorry for any confusion and that I may have given the impression that the bay was being occupied illegally.

More on that Car Bay

We have a car bay in the lower car park that is owned by the ASIC / Federal Government. It is the bay marked in the photo below.

There is a storeroom that can only be entered via the carbay. You would need to take this into account.

ASIC have a non-trivial process for anyone who wants to buy the car bay from them. Details are contained via the link below

Details you need to know

I have absolutely no idea if ASIC will sell or how it will work out. You are in uncharted territory for me and I wish you well. The OC cannot help and cannot guarantee your success!!

Possible car bay for sale

I understand that an owner may be interested in selling a car bay in the lower car park. Nothing confirmed but thought I’d give all a heads up.

What is a car bay worth in St Kilda Rd?? I found this one

149C/610 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004 VIC 3004 – Parking Space For Sale | Commercial Real Estate

By the way, I think there are still 2 properties for rent in the building – unusual.

205/400 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Vic 3004 – Apartment for Rent –

505/400 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Vic 3004 – Apartment for Rent –

Bike thefts

Be aware that several nearby buildings have had bikes stolen recently.

In most cases the intruder gained entry when a resident was leaving.

They may not look like the stereotypical bike thief, here is a photo of one of them.

Be aware but do not put yourself in danger.

A few more details on bike lanes etc

More from Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) and my thoughts at the bottom…GB

When construction is complete in 2025, the area will be a heavily patronised transport hub with drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, train and tram passengers all needing to use the precinct safely.

Once completed in 2025, the Metro Tunnel section of St Kilda Road (between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road) will have:

·       A fully accessible tram super-stop in the middle of the road, connecting passengers to the underground station below

·       Protected kerbside bike lanes to allow cyclists to ride two abreast, protected from the risk of car dooring by a concrete separator

·       A row of permanent parking spaces built along the concrete separator

·       Two traffic lanes at all times.

An indicative cross-section of this layout is as below:

This layout is an update to the Metro Tunnel Project Domain Station Development Plan released in December 2017. Further detailed design work has been undertaken in consultation with traffic planning experts to determine that two traffic lanes, a parking lane and kerbside bike lanes at this location is a safe and effective solution. An updated Development Plan will be released for public comment later this year.

Further planning is underway that will provide options for safe cycle lanes along the rest of the St Kilda Road corridor, leveraging the new separated lanes delivered by the City of Melbourne. Major Road Projects Victoria is preparing a business case that will provide options for safe cycle lanes along the broader St Kilda Road corridor.

GB notes below

The great news it that we will only have two lanes of traffic in and two lanes of traffic out of the city. Plus the parking lanes each side will operate all day/night. The alternative was to make the parking lanes available as traffic lanes in peak hour, effectively having a 3 lane road.

I understand that Copenhagen bike lanes make our driveway entry/exit more difficult, but I could never see how they could fit central bike lanes into that corridor that has a train station and tram super stop. We will just have to work on them on the entry/exit issues.

CYP update

Good afternoon everyone,

We hope you enjoyed your long weekend, and have had a lovely week so far.

We are writing today with our next weekly construction lookahead.


Tunnelling and TBM support site

TBM Millie has completed over 1.4 kilometres of tunnel, with TBM Alice having completed over 700 metres. TBM Millie has now passed Alexandra Avenue and is nearing Peppercorn Lawn. TBM Alice is also making great progress and has now passed Government House Drive along St Kilda Road.

The slurry treatment plant at Edmund Herring Oval continues to operate, treating the spoil coming from TBMs Millie and Alice. Trucks for spoil disposal will continue for the duration of tunnelling in the East.  

Station box construction

This week, the team in the south box completed a blinding layer of concrete where the sacrificial tunnels have been removed so that they can continue to install the falsework deck for the next concourse level slab pour. As we mentioned last week, the falsework is a temporary decking structure that is installed to bring us up to the required height to form and pour the concourse slab. The scaffolding for this falsework deck will continue being lowered to the workers through the void for installation. This week, we’ve included a picture of the falsework starting to take shape. This will eventually form the support structure to construct the concourse slab. In the background of the photo, you can see part of the concourse slab in the southern end of the box that has already been constructed.

Next week, steel for the concourse slab will begin arriving to site for installation, and will continue until the end of the month. Most steel will be fed down to workers through the void by the large crane on surface during normal working hours, but sometimes may be required up until 10pm.

In the northern end of the station box, next week the team will continue installing the falsework and steelfixing to construct the columns from base slab level to concourse slab level.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

This week, work has continued breaking back the support piles to their correct height, which does generate periods of high level noise. This pile breakback will continue until early next week.

Next week, under the suspended roof slab, works to construct the base slab of the entrance will commence with waterproofing works, steelfixing and concrete pours.

At the same time, the team will continue the detailed excavation of the pits and conduit trenches where the piles were installed.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Shrine of Remembrance

At the Shrine entrance, this week work has continued on installing the steel for the second roof slab pour.

Next week, waterproofing works will commence on the completed section of the roof slab, while crews continue installing falsework and steelfixing in preparation for the next roof pour for this station entrance site.


Rob and Jordan

Watching the action

I was asked the other day “Do many people watch the live camera feeds from your balcony??”

You can see the feeds here

It made me go back and look at the stats. Thanks to our friend Google, they can give me some interesting info

  • Over the last year, just over 20 000 people have watched one of the feeds. So that’s over 50 a day every day
  • Most viewers are from Australia (no surprise there). Next on the list is Russia, Italy, USA and Israel…some surprises there!!
  • 70% of viewers are between 25-45 years old
  • 80% of viewers are male
  • Three of the most popular (non live) videos are

CYP update

Good afternoon everyone,

We hope you’ve been having a lovely week.

We are writing today with our next weekly construction lookahead.


Tunnelling and TBM support site

TBM Millie has now passed the deepest part of her journey to the CBD and is beginning to rise as she nears the Yarra River and Town Hall Station, TBM Alice is also making good progress underneath St Kilda Road, she is currently at Coventry Street just approaching the Victoria Barracks. In total TBM Millie has completed 1.1 kilometres of tunnel, with TBM Alice having now completed over 450 metres.

The slurry treatment plant at Edmund Herring Oval continues to operate, treating the spoil coming from TBMs Millie and Alice. Trucks for spoil disposal will continue for the duration of tunnelling in the East.  

Station box construction

This week, the team continued the demolition of sacrificial tunnel and excavation to base slab level in the south box, with the load out of soil taking place up until 10pm on weeknights.  Works have also been continuing under the roof slab overnight, as the team excavates and stockpiles larger materials for removal the next day.

In some good news, the 10pm loadout is now complete, which will mean fewer trucks in the south box area after hours. Crews will continue working overnight under the roof slab.

A couple of weeks ago, we included a picture looking south towards the sacrificial tunnels and excavation in our update. We’ve included another picture of this area of works today, facing north. This section of sacrificial tunnel sits between the north and south box. If you look closely in the left tunnel, you will actually see the noise curtain that separates the north and south box work areas. If that curtain were removed, you’d have a clear line of site into the northern station box.

Next week, in addition to the continued tunnel demolition and excavation, you will see steel deliveries returning to the area as crews prepare install falsework and steelfixing for the next concourse concrete slab pours.

Underneath the acoustic shed in the north box, the site has been split into two parts. On one end of the box, concrete TBM segments and pipes are fed down below to keep Millie and Alice moving forward towards the CBD. At the other end of the box, the team are busy demolishing the old TBM launching platform in preparation for the construction of the concourse slab within the north box.

A littler further down the track, and once the concourse slab is cast, the team will then begin removing the large red struts from within the north box site, as the newly constructed concourse slab will act as the internal support for the station box walls.

From now on, we will provide the south box excavation updates and north box updates together, under the heading ‘Station box construction’.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

With the bulk excavation of the tram interchange now complete, the team will now commence the detailed digging for hydraulic pipes and slab folds.

The team continues to install piles in the base of the excavation which will be tied into the future concrete base slab. 11 out of 20 of these piles are now completed, with the remaining 9 expected to be complete by Thursday next week. As the piles are installed, they will be required to be trimmed back to the correct height, which means periods of hammering and high level noise. Concrete pours are required to construct the piles, and as we always mention, to ensure structural stability, concrete pours must be continuous, so in some cases may need to extend past 6pm. We will aim to wrap these activities up as early as we can.

Later next week, the team will begin installing waterproofing membrane underneath the roof slab.

On Thursday, there will be some increased activity in the tram interchange area after our normal construction hours, as the team have to remove the piling rig from site. Work to decommission the rig will commence during the day, but will run up until 10pm. This is expected to generate low levels of noise, and crews will be reminded of their responsibilities on site with regards to lighting and excess noise.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Shrine of Remembrance

The concrete pour for the first section of the Shrine of Remembrance roof slab that we mentioned in last week’s email has been pushed from today, back to Monday 1 March. The method of construction will be the same.

As it is such a large concrete pour, works will run outsite our normal construction hours. The last concrete delivery will be to site prior to 6pm, however finishing works will still be required after that, which will include the use of hand tools and helicopter fans. Additionally, the site will need to be lit during these works. At this stage, these works will run past midnight, however going on past experience from pours that have continued out of normal construction hours, we don’t anticipate the finishing works will be noisy.

St Kilda Road – Southbound linemarking removal

As part of a routine road safety audit, we have been asked to alter a short stretch of the bike lane on St Kilda Road adjacent to our new site gate.

This will involve using a high-pressure water hose to removing a section of redundant road markings to remove them from the area.

These works could ether be done overnight mid-week or on a Sunday evening, both times when traffic is reduced. We’ve opted to carry out the work be carried out on Sunday evening so it does not impact residents overnight.

The work will only take 30 minutes, and is scheduled to be completed between 6.30 and 7.00pm this Sunday 28 February.

St Kilda Road will remain open to traffic for the duration of the works, with vehicles managed through the area by traffic controllers.

We apologise for the inconvenience, and the short notice.


Rob and Jordan