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Metro Tunnel

10 Oct 2019

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Acoustic shed construction underway

If you’ve taken a tram down St Kilda Rd recently you would’ve noticed a new temporary structure taking shape at the Anzac Station site.

An acoustic shed – 75m metres long, 20 metres high and 30 metres wide – is being built over the construction site to minimise potential construction impacts such as dust, light and noise during 24-hour tunnelling and excavation works.

The acoustic shed will be coloured eucalypt green to blend in with the St Kilda Rd boulevard and nearby Royal Botanic Gardens and Shrine of Remembrance.

Acoustic sheds are a common site on construction sites in dense, urban environments to minimise impacts for people living and working in the area.

Once construction of the shed is complete, it will house three inbuilt gantry cranes that will be used to assemble the tunnel boring machines once excavation works are finished.

When tunnelling begins in 2020, the cranes will also move concrete segments – used to line the tunnel – from the surface onto the tunnel boring machines working underground.  

Once tunnelling and station construction is complete, the shed will be removed from St Kilda Rd and the materials recycled.

The new Anzac Station will be 300 metres long, 30 metres wide and 22 metres below St Kilda Rd.

St Kilda Rd tram and road realignment in October

Public transport users are advised to plan ahead as buses replace trams on St Kilda Rd between the Shrine of Remembrance and Commercial Rd from October 13 to 27.

During this time, crews will work 24/7 to realign the road and tram lines so construction of the middle section of the new Anzac Station box can begin.

St Kilda Rd will remain open to motorists and cyclists during these works. However, people are encouraged to plan ahead and use alternative routes where possible.

To help people move through the area, there will be customer service employees and signage to help passengers access replacement bus services. 

Following the realignment of St Kilda Rd and tram tracks, construction will begin on the station walls and roof of the middle section. This will join the northern and southern sections to create the full 300 metre station box under St Kilda Rd.

The walls and station roof of the middle section will be complete next year, prior to tunnelling starting.

For more information visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au

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