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Metro Tunnel

Lane closures along St Kilda Road

6 June 2017

St Kilda Road will be affected by lane closures from Tuesday night until Thursday afternoon this week as preparations continue for construction of a new Domain Station and tram connection as part of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project.

As previously announced, traffic and tram disruption will be minimised by conducting some works overnight and sequencing lane closures to ensure vehicles travelling in the peak direction are not affected.

The lane closures will occur along a 600m stretch between Domain Road and Toorak Road West and tram, cyclist and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Trees are being removed this week to prepare for a new tram connection along St Kilda Road and Toorak Road West and the relocation of nearby services.

Every effort has been made to minimise tree removal in the Domain precinct and only trees affected by current works will be removed at this time.

A number of trees have already been removed across the Metro Tunnel corridor in preparation for new underground stations in the CBD, Domain, Parkville and Arden, with more removals to come as construction ramps up.

All inbound lanes along St Kilda Road between Kings Way and Toorak Road West will close from 10pm tonight until 5am tomorrow morning. Two southbound lanes between Bromby Street and Toorak Road West will also close during these hours, with one lane to remain open.

Traffic signs will advise inbound motorists to reach the city via Queens Road and Kings Way or Commercial Road and Punt Road during this time to ensure they reach their destinations as quickly as possible.

From 4am tomorrow until 3pm, outbound centre lanes between Domain Road and Bowen Crescent will close, with the service lanes remaining open. From 4am Thursday until 3pm, outbound service lanes between Domain Road and Bowen Crescent will close, with the centre lanes remaining open.

During this time, nearby signage will encourage people to remain on Kings Way until they pass this worksite to help manage traffic. However, because some lanes will remain open throughout this period, traffic will be able to travel through the worksite at this location.

These works are to prepare for new tram infrastructure on Toorak Road West that will ensure a direct tram connection is maintained between South Yarra and the CBD once Domain Road closes in July.

They will also enable underground water and drainage services to be relocated ahead of Domain Station construction, which is expected to start next year.

Work is ramping up across the Metro Tunnel alignment ahead of the appointment of the successful PPP bidder later this year.

The Metro Tunnel will create twin nine kilometre tunnels running under the heart of the city. This will give three of Melbourne's busiest lines their own path under the CBD, freeing up space in the City Loop to enable more trains to run more often across Melbourne's rail network.