A new station for Parkville

As part of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel, a new, state-of-the-art station is being built at the heart of the University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus.

The new station will provide a direct rail connection to Parkville, relieving pressure on local trams and roads, and enhancing access to the University of Melbourne and facilities such as the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Design of the new Parkville Station and associated works will transform Grattan Street into a ‘grand promenade’, with one lane of traffic in each direction and wider footpaths and bicycle lanes. An underground pedestrian link across Royal Parade will further improve connections between the University and partner hospitals and institutions.

On completion of the project, the street will be landscaped with new trees and low-height landscaping to provide a green link between Royal Parade and University Square. Barry Street will remain closed to traffic at Grattan Street and landscaped to create a new public space next to University Square ensuring a pedestrian and cycling friendly environment. There will also be an accessible tram stop built on Royal Parade and University Sqaure that will further improve connectivity.

Rail Projects Victoria is the government body responsible for the planning and delivery of the Metro Tunnel, and Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) is the contractor delivering the main design and construction works.

The Metro Tunnel

Transforming the way people move around Melbourne, with ‘turn up and go’ rail services and improved access to key landmarks and destinations.

The Metro Tunnel will increase capacity on Melbourne’s metropolitan train network by creating a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in Melbourne’s west through to Pakenham/Cranbourne in the south-east. Twin nine-kilometre tunnels will deliver a new dedicated pathway through the heart of the city for two of Melbourne’s busiest rail lines, diverting these lines away from the City Loop and enabling 39,000 more passengers to use the rail system each peak period.

The target completion date for the Metro Tunnel is currently the end of 2025, which accounts for construction works above and below ground, tunnels and stations fit-out, as well as the installation and testing of critical safety systems including the integration of high capacity signalling with existing network systems.

These timelines are subject to change due to the scale and complexity of the project.

Pedestrian and Cycling Pathways around Grattan Street

The map below shows the Grattan Street work site’s current configuration, incorporating pedestrian and cyclist pathways and detours around the site.

Map Grattan street metro site

Major Construction Updates

Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) started major construction in the Parkville precinct on 23 May 2018, with the commencement of piling works. Piling and associated capping beam construction works are expected to be completed by December 2018. Excavation of the station site is expected to start shortly thereafter.

To construct Parkville Station, a 30-metre deep underground excavation will be undertaken on Grattan Street between Leicester Street and Royal Parade. Before excavation can commence, a construction method called piling is undertaken to provide structural integrity and form a retaining wall that enables excavation.

Excavation of the Parkville Station site will be done using a construction method referred to as ‘bottom-up’. This means excavating down to the station’s maximum depth, followed by construction and fit-out of the station. The road surface is then reinstated once the station is complete.

Piling Works

Piling involves the use of a piling rig that drills a hole using an auger that rotates, much like an over-sized drill bit. The rotation of the auger causes material to move out of the hole being drilled. Once the hole is excavated, a steel prefabricated reinforcement cage is placed within the hole and concrete is the poured into the hole to form the pile. Once the concrete sets, the pile is complete.

By the end of the piling phase, CYP will have installed approximately 500 piles around the Parkville Station site perimeter, each to a depth of about 32 metres.

Further Information

For information on Metro Tunnel works in Parkville visit the Metro Tunnel’s Construction in Parkville webpage.

For questions or concerns related to Metro Tunnel Works please contact Rail Projects Victoria’s community information line on 1800 105 105

For inquiries regarding the University of Melbourne’s planning in relation to the construction of Parkville Station please contact the University’s Metro Tunnel Interface Team: mmrp-team@unimelb.edu.au.

The University's Metro Tunnel Interface Team is responsible for coordinating the University’s planning in relation to the opportunities and impacts that Metro Tunnel construction presents to the University community and its operations.

Our Campus in the 21st Century

Our Campus in the 21st Century (OC21) was developed by the University community in a series of workshops that explored the qualities wanted across all campuses and precincts. It is the formal response to the University of Melbourne’s strategic plan Growing Esteem and is integral to how the University will plan for the future, and to developing high-quality campus-based experiences for diverse communities.

The new Parkville Station will support our Campus in the 21st Century through the following:

Quality experiences

The Metro Tunnel and the new Parkville Station, delivered by CYP and RPV, will improve the way students, staff and our wider community access Parkville Campus. With a new metro train station, Parkville campus will be more accessible and interconnected. The station and new line will provide a world-class experience, with ‘turn up and go’ train services that are the hallmark of the world’s great cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Technology and Tradition

The Metro Tunnel represents a new era in Melbourne's public transport system, with a metro-style service that will transform the way we move around the city. Parkville Station will be designed to fit seamlessly into the historic environment of the campus.

Spaces and Places

As part of the construction of the new Parkville Station, University Square and Grattan St will be 'greened'. There will be more focus on pedestrian and bicycle access as Grattan St becomes a 'grand promenade' with a single lane of traffic in each direction. Barry St will remain closed to Grattan St, and will be absorbed into University Square, increasing public amenities and green space in the south end of Parkville campus.