Metro Tunnel changes spark new planning amendment while level crossing removals power on

Metro Tunnel changes spark new planning amendment while level crossing removals power on
Metro Tunnel changes spark new planning amendment while level crossing removals power on

An amendment to the design and development overlay governing the Melbourne Metro project has been triggered and is now being advertised after the contractor for the tunnel and station build has refined the route the tunnels will take.

During the Environmental Effects Statement process, a DDO was applied to all land that could be directly impacted by the boring of tunnels and construction of stations as part of the rail project.

The Cross Yarra Partnership includes Lendlease, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital as consortium members.

The new amendment seeks to add and remove various properties to the project land in the DDO which would be impacted by the slight realignment of the tunnel around Grattan and Swanston Street. 

Various other pieces of land, including streets, are also proposed to be added to the DDO - click the link in the Metro Tunnel's tweet above to see the full suite of documents.

Darebin Street tunnel civil works complete

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has announced the civil works on the duplication of the Darebin Street tunnel - a former single-track pinch point on the Hurstbridge Line between Heidelberg and Rosanna station - have been completed.

Work to start laying the track and installing the new catenary is set to commence.

Metro Tunnel changes spark new planning amendment while level crossing removals power on
New and old Darebin Street tunnels - image: LXRA

The Darebin Street tunnel works have been progressing at the same time as the new Rosanna Station & elevated track over Lower Plenty Road are entering the final stages of construction (see lead image).  

The major Easter blitz, in the Hurstbridge line's case, will extend until the end of April when both the rail trench at Grange Road in Alphington and the elevated track at Rosanna are expected to be returned to service.

Thompsons Road in Cranbourne is hotting up as well with the new road bridge over the Cranbourne railway line well on its way to completion.  

VicRoads is delivering this level crossing removal as there is a broader road duplication project that extends beyond the scope of the level crossing removal.  Thompsons Road will be duplicated across the entire length between Dandenong-Frankston Road to Berwick-Cranbourne Road.  

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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