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Epping Main Sewer Project

We are constructing new sewerage infrastructure in Lalor, Campbellfield and Epping to reduce the likelihood of sewage spills occurring during storm events, and to cater for growth in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

Project details

The project involves our contractor, John Holland Pty Ltd, building a 2.4-kilometre-long large-diameter sewer pipe at depths of up to 35 metres.

The pipe will be constructed by tunnelling underground using large Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), and the tunnel will cross under the Merri Creek and Hume Freeway.

Map of where works for the Epping Main Sewer Project will occur
The red line represents where new sewer pipes will be tunnelled.
The red circles represent deep shaft sites.

Construction details

John Holland Pty Ltd will need to build five construction shafts to enable the underground tunnelling to occur, and four of these shafts will become permanent access manholes after the project works have been completed.

The first stage of works will be to excavate the shafts to depths of up to 35 metres. Once this is done, we will use cranes to lower the TBM down into the shaft, ready for tunnelling work to begin.


Construction activities will start in early November 2017, and should be completed in mid-2019, depending on weather and ground conditions.

The first stage of works will commence in early November, in land to the west of the Hume Freeway. This involves above-ground activities to set up construction sites, including excavating the shaft sites. The shaft sites should be completed by early 2018.

The second stage of works involves the TBM tunnelling. Tunnelling will commence in late 2017, and should be completed in mid-2019.

The proposed timeline for tunnelling works is:

  • ‘Freeway’ shaft towards the ‘Whittlesea Gardens’ shaft (January 2018 - March 2018)
  • 'Barry Road' shaft to 'Freeway' shaft (April 2018 - June 2018)
  • 'Barry Road' shaft to 'Temporary' shaft (June 2018 - September 2018)
  • 'Horne Street' shaft to 'Temporary' shaft (October 2018 - December 2018).

Please note these dates are subject to change. 

John Holland Pty Ltd will be working at ground level Monday to Friday, between 7.00am and 5.00pm. Once tunnelling works have started, tunnelling activities will occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, though these activities should not be noticeable at ground level.

Community impacts

The works associated with this project will not have any impact on customers’ water and sewerage services.

People close to the work sites may notice some noise from construction equipment and truck beepers during work hours.

While there will be visible construction activities near the shaft sites, local streets and the walking tracks in the Merri Parklands will remain open.

The ‘Whittlesea Gardens’ shaft site will only be used as a ‘retrieval shaft’, where the TBM will be lifted out after it has tunnelled there from the ‘Freeway’ shaft. The TBM will be dismantled and transported away with trucks.

Yarra Valley Water and John Holland Pty Ltd will make every effort to minimise the impact of these works on people in the community, and on the natural landscape.

Contact us

If you have construction-related questions, please contact John Holland Pty Ltd's project manager, Ken Muir, on 8413 6448.

If you have any general questions about this project, please contact Yarra Valley Water's project manager, Ashley Hamer, on 9872 2661 or by email [email protected]