Domain Tunnel Construction Plans

It is not until you see this plan you realize the huge disruption these works will cause to commuters, residents and workers.

Domain Station construction plans

Domain precinct construction map

Domain Station is proposed to be built via a ‘cut and cover’ method, with the station box excavated from the top down and a roof slab placed over the top of the site. Underground construction activities will take place 24/7 once the roof slab has been installed, while traffic and trams continue to flow on St Kilda Road.

The Domain Station site is also proposed to play a key role in supporting the construction of twin tunnels south of the Yarra River. Under this option, tunnel boring machines (TBMs) would be launched from each end of the station box and head towards the new CBD South Station and eastern tunnel entrance respectively. Edmund Herring Oval is proposed to be used as a support site for the station and tunnel construction activities, and Domain Road will need to be closed at St Kilda Road during this time. The Route 8 tram will be rerouted to Toorak Road West to enable the closure of Domain Road.

South African Soldiers Memorial

It is expected that the South African Soldiers Memorial will need to be temporarily removed while the Albert Road entrance to the station is built. It is proposed that the monument be relocated to another part of the Albert Road Reserve once works are complete. Some parking in Albert Road will be occupied during construction.

Fawkner Park

We recognise that the local community places great importance on Fawkner Park and its facilities including the tennis courts and childcare centre.

Following stakeholder consultation, further investigations by MMRA determined the use of Fawkner Park is not required as a construction and TBM support site for the Metro Tunnel project.

These design changes protect 69 trees in Fawkner Park that were identified in the EES as being potentially impacted.

Access shafts

The project may also need to build two small shafts along the tunnel alignment in the Domain area to provide emergency services with access to the Metro Tunnel. Following further work, an emergency access shaft is no longer required at Fawkner Park or Linlithgow Avenue. A site at Linlithgow Avenue, at either the Queen Victoria Gardens or Tom’s Block, may be used as a potential temporary secondary access to the TBM tunnels if required by the appointed contractor.

We are continuing to refine the construction approach to determine the best way to reduce impacts on the surrounding parklands and minimise the construction footprint in the Shrine of Remembrance grounds.

Key construction activities

Key construction activities in this area would include:

  • Preparatory works, including tree protection and removal, and the relocation of underground services such as water, sewerage and telecommunications.
  • Tram works on Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road tram interchange.
  • Relocation and removal of traffic islands, trams stops and shelters, and car parking spaces along St Kilda Road, Albert Road and Domain Road, including the diversion of tram services.
  • Excavation of Domain Station and establishment of the tunnel boring machine launch and support sites.
  • Station structural works and station entrance connections underneath St Kilda Road.
  • Station architectural, mechanical and electrical fit-out.
  • Track works and the installation of signalling and communications systems.
  • Restoration of Domain Road, St Kilda Road, Albert Road Reserve and Edmund Herring Oval.

Traffic and transport

The construction of Domain Station will be staged to reduce impacts on the road and tram network while protecting and maintaining access to nearby buildings and facilities.

As a minimum, one tram track, one bike lane and one traffic lane in each direction will be provided along St Kilda Road during construction.

It is also expected that Domain Road, between St Kilda Road and Dallas Brooks Drive, will be temporarily closed for an extended period while the Domain Station is constructed. Trams currently travelling along Domain Road and Park Street, South Yarra, will need to be rerouted via Toorak Road West during this time. To facilitate this change, tram infrastructure will be installed along Toorak Road West between Park Street, South Yarra and St Kilda Road.

Proposed construction traffic routes for the Domain precinct identify a number of routes to move trucks and other construction traffic away from site as quickly as possible and on to Kings Way and CityLink.

Access to Edmund Herring Oval would be via Birdwood Avenue and Domain Road in line with construction traffic routes nominated in the Environmental Effects Statement (EES).

A number of alternative public traffic routes have been identified to help keep traffic flowing around the Domain precinct, including Canterbury Road, Beaconsfield Parade and potentially Punt Road. A comprehensive communications campaign will be in place to promote alternative routes to drivers ahead of any changes taking place.

Our construction contractors will be required to develop and implement measures to minimise disruption to the transport network during construction.

Managing impacts in Domain

A number of mitigation measures, or ‘Environmental Performance Requirements’, have been proposed to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in Domain.

Some of the recommended mitigation measures for the Domain precinct include:

  • Monitoring dust and air quality, in line with Environment Protection Authority Victoria requirements, and addressing air quality requirements for nearby residents and businesses.
  • Maintaining a minimum of one lane for traffic in each direction on St Kilda Road throughout construction.
  • Planning and carefully managing access routes to minimise impacts on residents and users of the area.
  • Implementing measures for providing advance notice of significant milestones, changed traffic conditions and periods of potential high noise and vibration activities.
  • Preparing and implementing a Tree Protection Plan for the Domain precinct, in consultation with local councils and in line with area-specific conservation management plans.
  • Developing and implementing appropriate protection measures for heritage places including memorials and monuments. Work is to be overseen by a qualified conservation practitioner.
  • Ensuring the design of above-ground structures is responsive to nearby heritage place.

Construction timeframes

At this stage of planning, it is estimated that construction of Domain Station will take around five years, including early works and fit-out of the station underground.  Disruption at surface level is expected to be shorter than the overall construction time.

Project-wide rail systems installation and commissioning will occur after the construction period.

Subject to planning approval, early works will begin in early 2017 with major works commencing in 2018.
Managing construction | Changes to access during construction | Managing impacts | Construction timeframes | More information