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Melbourne Metro Rail


Community and stakeholder feedback from each precinct continues to play an important role in shaping the Metro Tunnel.

We have been engaging with stakeholders and the community since early 2015, and feedback has already informed some major design changes such as the decision to tunnel deeper under Swanston Street to minimise disruption to commuters and businesse..

The planning and environmental approvals process for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project will involve a Planning Scheme Amendment and other statutory approvals informed by an Environment Effects Statement. We have used the information gathered to date to prepare our official planning documents.

Key topics by area

Western tunnel entrance

  • Construction traffic and its impact on local streets
  • Maintaining safe access to JJ Holland Park
  • Construction noise and vibration
  • Parking impacts
  • Tunnel entrance designs


  • Construction traffic and its impact on local streets
  • Pedestrian and bicycle connections
  • Construction impacts including dust, noise, vibration and hours of operation
  • Underground (strata) land acquisition
  • Urban renewal planned for this precinct


  • Road closures and diversions during construction
  • Maintaining access to hospitals and the University of Melbourne
  • Creating links under roads to improve pedestrian connectivity
  • Protection of heritage features
  • Managing construction impacts on sensitive sites like hospitals

CBD North and CBD South

  • Changed traffic conditions during construction
  • Freight access
  • Business impacts during construction
  • Underground links between the new stations and key places
  • Managing construction impacts on open spaces including City Square
  • Protecting important buildings including Melbourne City Baths, St Paul's Cathedral and Flinders Street Station.


  • Traffic impacts on Albert Road, Domain Road and St Kilda Road
  • Access to car parking and residences
  • Keeping trams running during construction
  • Impacts on the Shrine of Remembrance grounds and the South African Soldiers Memorial
  • Potential impacts to surrounding parklands including Fawkner Park and Edmund Herring Oval.

The Your Say content is still available so you can review the comments left on our interactive map and the discussion forums.

Environment Effects Statement

Melbourne Metro is being assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process. The EES is an integrated evaluation of the potential environmental, social, economic and planning aspects of the project, and the approach to managing the impacts.