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ABOUT 900 trees will be removed as part of the construction of the Melbourne Metro rail project.

05 Jul, 16

Trees will be lost around Parkville, Domain, near Fawkner Park and along St Kilda Road. Reports suggest more than 2300 trees will be removed from parks and median strips near the Shrine of Remembrance for the construction of Domain station along with 100 trees at the Arden and Parkville station sites.

Construction on the $10.9 billion project will start next year and a Metro representative stated that many of the trees were not native and that replanting would occur during the course of the construction.

Melbourne Rail Authority chief executive Evan Tattersall told ABC News that all the trees will be replaced.

“Our focus is to minimise the number of trees that go,” Tattersall said.

Site investigations and preliminary testing has began at several locations across Melbourne and according to CBD station precinct manager Lachlan Lee-Archer the land under the city streets is a spaghetti junction of utility services.

“What we've done with switching to the deep alignment for the project is we're able to build beneath those services, on the most part, and avoid the impact of digging that up,” Lee-Archer said.

“The tunnel between the two stations will be mined, so trams will continue to function, pedestrians will continue to walk around Swanston Street as they do today and shops and businesses will continue to operate.”

Lee-Archer says the two CBD stations are being designed to connect into existing stations on the City Loop, so that people can interchange freely.

“The CBD South station will connect to Flinders Street and you'll be able to interchange without coming out of the station and going back in. And the CBD North station will interchange with Melbourne Central Station,” Lee-Archer explained.


“So what we do there is build effectively deep basements to the side of the street and that gets us down to where the platform level is,” Lee-Archer added, noting that they’ll build across from those shafts to under the street and build platforms and concourse access.

“A key focus of our construction plan has been minimising disruption. So Swanston Street will stay open for business. People will be able to catch trams, ride bikes, walk along the street, access businesses and cultural institutions and other things that happen in the city, as much as possible,” Lee-Archer said.

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