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Traffic changes on St Kilda Road

Works in preparation for major construction of the Metro Tunnel and new Anzac Station are underway in the Domain precinct.

St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane from Wednesday, 14 February 2018 between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road West, meaning there will be significant changes to pedestrian, cyclist, public transport and vehicle movements in the area for several years.

This page provides an overview of the transport changes and a snapshot of the construction activities required to establish our St Kilda Road work site and to divert trams and other traffic around the Anzac Station construction site.

For the latest details about these works see the St Kilda Road lane closures and site establishment notification (PDF, 4.9 MB).

Works overview

Map showing the road works around the Domain area described on this pageDownload this map as part of the Upcoming transport changes in Domain brochure (PDF, 1.2 MB)

The following changes will be progressively delivered from mid-January to April 2018 in the lead up to the major tram works, subject to planning approvals.

These changes have been designed to safely move people around the precinct while construction takes place.

1 St Kilda Road

Reduced to one lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road West.

2 Pedestrian crossing closures

St Kilda Road pedestrian crossing closed at Domain Road. Crossing via Park Street.

Western pedestrian access to Domain Tram Interchange via crossing at Park Street.

Bowen Lane tram stop pedestrian access closed.

3 Tram Stop

Bowen Lane tram stop closed from mid-January.

4 Bowen Crescent

Left-in/left-out access off St Kilda Road service lane.

5 Bowen Lane

Left-in/left-out access off St Kilda Road service lane.

6 Albert Road

No exit to St Kilda Road, exit via Kings Way.

Left access from St Kilda Road only via Albert Road South.

7 Park Street

Full closure to traffic and trams between St Kilda Road and Kings Way from 2-7 February for Yarra Trams tram stop works.

Buses replacing trams during full closure.

Traffic management in place at other times between mid-January and mid-February.

8 Domain Interchange

Domain Interchange will remain open until the major tram works in April 2018.

9 Kings Way

Night works on Kings Way city bound north of Albert Road from mid-late January to improve traffic flow while St Kilda Road is reduced to one lane in each direction.

10 St Kilda Rd near Government House Drive

The southbound St Kilda Rd lane configuration adjacent to Government House Drive will be modified to encourage motorists into the service lane, in preparation for future construction stages.

Traffic impacts summary

  • St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road West from Wednesday, 14 February 2018.
  • Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time to reach their destination.
  • Alternative routes for St Kilda Road include Kings Way, Queens Road, Ferrars Street and Beaconsfield Parade.
  • Our staff will be available to answer your questions at a community pop-up on Tuesday February 13 on the corner of Albert Road South and St Kilda Road between 7.30am and 9am.
  • Domain Road will remain closed from St Kilda Road to the western edge of Edmund Herring Oval for approximately four years.
  • Due to changed traffic conditions including lane reductions along St Kilda Road, motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time to reach their destination.
  • Ongoing works on Kings Way will improve the traffic flow, network efficiency and safety of the network for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, while traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction on St Kilda Road.

Cycle lanes

St Kilda Road is one of Melbourne’s busiest cycling routes. During the works a dedicated on-road bike lane will be maintained on St Kilda Road in each direction. Some changes may be required during off peak periods and will be clearly signed.

Public transport changes

From mid-January to mid-February 2018, a new tram stop will be constructed on Park Street, South Melbourne. From 2-6 February, buses will replace Route 58 trams, and Park Street will be closed to traffic between St Kilda Road and Kings Way.

In the April 2018 school holidays, major works will be carried out on St Kilda Road to realign tram tracks and divert them around the work site. In preparation, the Bowen Crescent tram stop and the pedestrian crossing will be out of service from mid-January 2018.

To complete the tram diversion works, buses will replace all trams along this section of St Kilda Road during the April school holidays, and some changes to local bus routes and timetables will be necessary. Further detail on the April tram works and the impact to services will be available closer to the start of construction.

Parking during construction

St Kilda Rd kerb side public parking will be removed adjacent to the major work areas and where required to facilitate single lane operations. Parking in Albert Road will be affected during construction, however the project will aim to retain as many parking spaces as possible. During the works Metro Tunnel construction workers will not be permitted to use public parking spaces and compliance monitoring will be in place.

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