CitiPower is upgrading the electricity network in the Melbourne CBD in a major $250 million project which, when complete, will ensure the CBD is not without power for more than 30 minutes in the event of an unplanned outage.
Waratah Place Laneway - Accessible Hours
From Monday 11 February 2019, the Waratah Place laneway will be under major construction, please consider your travel options and continue to enjoy the businesses and attractions of Chinatown.
Hours of operation
Monday to Saturday 4 pm to 6 am and all day Sunday.
What we have done so far
The Security of Supply project has so far seen upgrades to the Brunswick Terminal Station, Bouverie – Queen Zone Substation and Victoria Market Zone Substation, and the installation of 21km of new electricity cables travelling over 7km from the Brunswick Terminal Station to Carlton. The Waratah Place Zone Substation is final part of the project to support enhanced capacity to Melbourne’s CBD and surrounds.
The Waratah Place Zone Substation project, part of the ‘CBD Security of Supply’ program of works will introduce a ‘double back-up’ system which will allow us to switch power supply to certain areas to withstand a second outage.
The Waratah Place Zone Substation, the ‘switch’ that will power areas where an unplanned outage has occurred, can deliver an alternative power as far as North Melbourne, the Richmond Sporting Precinct, south to the Yarra River and all of Melbourne’s CBD.
The works in 2019 are going to be bigger, longer and have a larger footprint than the project has previously experienced so we can reopen the Waratah Place laneway in 2020. The newly reinstated laneway will retain the culture and heritage of old and feature choreographed lighting on the new zone substation, new business signage, and new bluestone curbing.
World class solutions are being applied to ensure the structural stability of some of Chinatown’s oldest buildings and finest restaurants in the Waratah Place laneway, while we dig four metres down to replace and connect cables winding throughout the city, into the zone substation.
The new zone substation and feature lighting display will be a major drawcard for the area when our works are complete in 2020.