Melbourne: Construction of the new Town Hall Station is ramping up as Metro Tunnel works surge ahead in Melbourne’s CBD.
Piling is underway within the Federation Square work site, which will strengthen the ground before excavation starts later in the year, creating one of the three entrances for Town Hall Station. When piling works are finished, an acoustic shed 13 metres wide, 40 metres long and 18 metres high will be constructed, an official press release said.
Over the coming weeks, crews will also be busy at the Metro Tunnel’s South Yarra site, where the tunnel’s eastern entrance is being built, crews will get on with constructing the roof slab for the Metro Tunnel entrance and install piling to support the entrance structure.
Buses will replace trains on the Sandringham line between 8:00pm, 21 May and 7:00am, 9 June to enable vital works on the Metro Tunnel’s eastern entrance. During this period, buses will run between Flinders Street and Sandringham stations. Passengers should allow up to an extra 60 minutes for their journey.
The Metro Tunnel will create room for 72,000 more peak hour passengers a week and save Sandringham line passengers up to 20 minutes a day – with faster journeys to St Kilda Road, Parkville and Southern Cross Station.
The eastbound section of La Trobe street will be shut for a month between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street to allow for service relocations and the first step towards building the underground connection from Melbourne Central to the new State Library Station. The closure will be between 20 May and mid-June.
As part of the Streamlining Hoddle Street project, Swan Street in Richmond will be closed to all traffic between Punt Road and Cremorne Street from late 19 May to early 24 May to build an accessible tram stop.
A temporary overnight closure of Punt Road at the Swan Street intersection will also take place between 2am and 5am on Monday 20 May for crews to install new overhead tram lines.