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Monthly Update: May – June 

CBD North:  Happened in May Completed relocation of all drainage, water, sewer and gas services in Franklin St East, between the City Baths and RMIT. Gas rerouting was completed down Victoria St around the City Baths. Drilled and poured the first piles on Franklin St (expected to be completed by late July). Piling on A’Beckett

CBD residents may be relocated

The Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) is talking about relocating CBD residents affected by five years of 24-hour, seven days a week construction. In its environmental effects statement (EES), the authority warns of severe amenity impacts as it builds both CBD North and CBD South stations from 2018. Unlike other affected areas, the work in the

Port Phillip uncertainties

By Rhonda Dredge Older established tenants of the Flinders Quarter are not as positive about the coming CBD South Metro Station as newcomers. The new station will involve the demolition of the Port Phillip Arcade but adjacent Scott Alley will remain intact. “Tenants are still in limbo about their future,” said electrician Robert Evans, who

CBD the clear winner from Metro Rail

By Shane Scanlan The recently-released Metro Rail business case reveals that the CBD will benefit from more jobs, reduced railway platform congestion and more balanced tram connections. The business case, which was released by the State Government on February 23, predicts an extra 28,000 jobs will be located within the CBD as a result of

Business fears missing Metro Rail compo

A perfect storm of bad timing has CBD trader Gerard Kelly believing he won’t be compensated when the Metro Rail Project destroys his three 12-year-old businesses. While the State Government has pledged unspecific compensation for affected businesses, the City Square hospitality operator thinks he will miss out. This is because his lease expires late this

Is this the city’s hardest job?

By Shane Scanlan If you’re finding it hard to juggle your “to do” list today, spare a thought for Evan Tattersall who is pulling together the myriad threads of Melbourne’s Metro Rail project. The logistics, inter-dependencies and sensitivities of the multi-billion dollar rail tunnel project are truly mind-boggling. Mr Tattersall explains that there is a

More gain, less pain from Metro

From a CBD perspective, the Metro Rail project is shaping up better than ever expected.  All the benefits will still flow, but the pain factor is reducing. Local learned last month that Swanston St will remain open during the construction process, which is great news for traders, commuters and residents alike. Rather than relocate existing

Properties to be acquired for Metro Rail

The State Government will compulsorily acquire a CBD apartment building and 14 commercial buildings as part of the Melbourne Metro Rail project. The Government is yet to identify the apartment building, which contains 49 apartments and two retail spaces or the commercial properties, saying owners were still being notified. Alongside the CBD acquisitions, the State

Decision on tunneling

The State Government last month announced it would use tunnel-boring machinery to construct the proposed Metro Rail tunnels under the Yarra River. Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said other methods had been considered, but that tunneling would create the least disruption. “Tunnelling under the Yarra will reduce disruption to the environment and to local businesses,” Ms

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announcing geo-technical drilling schedule.

CBD is ready for Metro Rail disruption

City businesses and residents appear ready to endure Metro Rail disruption to achieve a great outcome. For businesses, the lure of even more visitors makes the construction pain worth it.  For residents, better public transport will make the city an even better place to live. 20-year-resident Shelley Roberts told CBD News, the disruption couldn’t be

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