Major road changes ahead
Road closures, lane reductions and major construction will begin in February with extended lane reductions on St Kilda Road and the complete closure of Grattan Street to enable work on new underground stations.
The Metro Tunnel will connect the Parkville and Domain precincts to the train network for the first time – creating a world-class, turn-up-and-go train system, with 50,000 fewer car trips on Melbourne’s roads each day.
From 14 February 2018, St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions for around 800 metres between Kings Way/Toorak Road West and Dorcas Street for up to four years. Tram access along St Kilda Road will mostly operate as normal over this period, while pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained.
From 22 February 2018, Grattan Street will close in both directions for around 300 metres from Royal Parade to Leicester Street for up to five years. Pedestrian access will be maintained through Grattan Street with some diversions for cyclists.
Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time if they travel along this stretch of St Kilda Road or through Parkville.
Alternative routes for St Kilda Road include Kings Way, Queens Road, Ferrars Street and Beaconsfield Parade. Grattan Street alternatives include Queensberry Street, Alexandra Parade and Cemetery Road/College Crescent.