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From the Vice-Chancellor

Early works commence on Metro Tunnel

24 March 2017

Dear Student,

With imminent construction of the Metro Rail Tunnel, the original Parkville campus of the University of Melbourne will acquire a new rail station at its heart. The Metro Tunnel, along with a University station, will be built under Grattan Street between Royal Parade and Leicester Street, with entrances on Royal Parade and near Gate 10.  This new public transport connection means some disruption but lasting benefits.

When complete, students, staff and public will have a direct rail connection to our campus for the first time. Crowded roads and trams around the campus should ease. Projections suggest that by 2031 nearly 60,000 passengers each day will use the University station.

This will be Victoria’s largest ever transport project. Inevitably, construction will affect us all, so the University is working closely with the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) to safeguard amenity and access during the project.

Commencing this weekend, the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority will begin early works on the underground station, with major construction to commence next year. These early works are largely utility relocations such as moving water, gas, and power lines.

The most noticeable impact will be the removal of some trees along Grattan Street by MMRA contractors. Any loss of trees is distressing, and the University appreciates effort by the MMRA to minimise removals, protect local fauna, and re-use timber from those trees which must make way for construction.

It is estimated construction of the University station will take around five years, with the project-wide rail system being commissioned in 2026.

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel and a University station will yield a lasting legacy and benefits for generations. In the short term, I must ask for your patience and understanding during the construction period.

You can learn more about the project at http://metrotunnel.vic.gov.au/locations/parkville and confer with experts on campus at the Melbourne Metro Rail Interface Project team at mmrp-team@unimelb.edu.au.

Glyn Davis