Metro Tunnel project

The Metro Tunnel 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.

The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop so more trains can run in and out of the city with ‘turn-up-and-go’ services making 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.


Metro Tunnel proposed CBD North Precinct.

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5 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.


3 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.


24 March 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.


16 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 1 April 2017, 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 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.
  • Download the free SafeZone app, which connects you to the Security team anytime you require assistance on campus.


3 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 year. The space will be returned to RMIT in its original condition after this period.

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.


27 February 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.


21 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.


17 February 2017

Some travel routes into and around City campus will change during construction of CBD North Station and the new tunnels, which means you may need to allow for more time as you move around City campus.

To assist you on your merry way, we have identified common routes with estimated walk times. Download the City campus access map.



16 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


10 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.



3 February 2017

The partial closure of A’Beckett Street and Franklin Street has resulted in an increased in activity in Swanston Street.

To avoid traffic congestion, you are encouraged to use alternative routes when travelling to and around City campus.

  • For travel between Melbourne Central to City campus, which includes the Carlton precinct:
    use La Trobe Street, Bowen Street, University Way and Russell Street.
  • For travel between Melbourne Central and Swanston Academic Building (B80):
    use Elizabeth Street.

* Map indicative only


20 January 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.


13 January 2017

Works begin Monday 16 January for the Project. See Works Notices for full details of closures to Franklin and A'Beckett streets and changes to Victoria and La Trobe streets.


23 December 2016

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.


For more information, go to Works Notices.


28 November 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.

Contact Metro Tunnel

If you have questions about the Metro Tunnel, you can call them on 1800 551 927 or visit their website and complete their online form.

Contact RMIT

If you have a question or concern specific to RMIT about the Metro Tunnel, complete the Contact RMIT about the Metro Tunnel online form.


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