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Traffic changes on Grattan Street

Works in preparation for the new Parkville Station are underway with major transport changes implemented on 22 February.

The next phase of construction for Parkville Station involves setting up the site in preparation for piling and excavation of the station box.

We encourage motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take care when travelling around the area. Traffic controllers are out and about to assist pedestrians and cyclists as well as signage placed at various locations directing vehicles.

Please follow these instructions to ensure everyone’s safety. We will continue to monitor traffic flow and safety and make changes accordingly.

What we are doing

On 22 February 2018, Grattan Street (between Royal Parade and Leicester Street) and Barry Street (between Pelham Street and Grattan Street) closed to vehicles for up to five years.

There will also be no vehicle access from Grattan Street into Berkeley Street, although Berkeley Street will remain open at Pelham Street.

For more information, see the Parkville March 2018 Update (PDF, 4.5 MB), Parkville Station Feb 21 - March 4 notification (PDF, 3.9 MB), and the Parkville Station, February to March notification (PDF, 4.0 MB).

Map showing changes to Grattan Street described below

1 City Ford site

  • Equipment laydown area, truck parking and site sheds.

2 Grattan Street east of Royal Parade

  • Grattan Street closed east of Royal Parade for vehicles from 22 February 2018.

3 New Grattan Street crossing point

  • Pedestrian crossing on Grattan Street.

4 Gate 10 - University of Melbourne

  • Emergency and essential delivery vehicle access only.

5 Barry Street closure

  • Closed to vehicles between Pelham and Grattan streets from 22 February 2018.
  • Access for pedestrians only on the west side.

6 University Square car park

  • Access maintained to Berkeley Street entrance via Pelham Street.
  • Access maintained to Bouverie Street entrance via Pelham and Grattan Streets.

7 Berkeley Street closure

  • Berkeley Street closed at Grattan Street from 22 February 2018.
  • Vehicle access maintained via Pelham Street.

8 Melbourne Medical School Entry

  • Pedestrian and cyclist access maintained.

Current works

Parkville Traffic Impacts

Royal Parade

Site investigations - Ongoing to late March 2018

  • Installation of two ground water monitoring wells in Royal Parade and Grattan Street
  • A section of left turn lane in outer southbound carriageway on Royal Parade will be closed for up to four days (after 10am)

Royal Parade and Grattan Street

Reinstatement works - Saturday 17 March

  • Access maintained

Grattan and Berkeley streets

Reinstatement works - Ongoing until 17 March (from 10am weekdays)

  • Access to the University Square car park maintained via Pelham Street

Grattan Street (West)

Bus stop works - ongoing until late March

  • Pedestrian diversion around footpath
  • Potential eastbound lane closure

Pelham Street

Conduit installation and cabling works - Ongoing until late March

  • Eastbound lane closures on Pelham Street
  • Bus route and bike access maintained

Site investigations - Ongoing until late March 2018

  • Installation of ground monitoring well in Pelham Street between Leicester Street and Bouvere Street

Lincoln Square North and Bouverie Street

Site Investigations - 16 March to early April 2018

  • Installation of two groundwater monitoring wells in Lincoln Square North and Bouverie Street
  • Occupation of up to three on-street car parking spaces may be required in each location during works
  • Access maintained

Pedestrians and cyclists

Pedestrians and cyclists divert around the work sites during construction. Traffic controllers and signage will be available to assist. Please follow all signage and direction to ensure safety.

Public transport network changes

Trams will continue to run along Royal Parade. However, there will need to be some temporary changes to the public transport network during construction.

Any changes to tram services will be communicated in advance.

From 18 February 2018, the 401, 402, 403, 505 and 546 bus services were re-routed around the Grattan Street work site. Information about the new bus routes and new timetables is available on Public Transport Victoria’s website.

Access around the University of Melbourne main campus

From 22 February 2018, Gate 10 closed to vehicles except for emergency vehicles and essential deliveries.

Pedestrian access will be maintained through Gate 10. However, pedestrian access routes to Gate 10 will change and alternative temporary access routes will be communicated in advance of these changes occurring.

Car parking during construction

All public off-street car parks in the precinct will remain accessible during construction. On-street car parking capacity has been reduced in the area.

Access to University Square Car Park maintains via Berkeley and Bouverie streets.

Parking spaces will be removed on Grattan and Barry streets while these roads are closed for construction.

Other site establishment activities

Other activities to establish the site for piling and excavation of the station box include:

  • Installation of pedestrian ramps in Barry and Berkeley streets to assist with pedestrian access
  • Removal of blue stone pavers along Grattan Street
  • Installation of worksite drainage
  • Non-destructive drilling to locate services and soil sampling along Grattan Street, within the work site
  • Removal of street furniture and above ground assets
  • Ongoing installation of site facilities in Barry Street
  • Continuing installation of an electrical kiosk substation to supply power to the site during construction
  • Completing installation of groundwater monitoring wells in Royal Parade, Pelham Street and Lincoln Square North
  • Tree removal to prepare the site for construction. Trees will be removed from within the site boundary. Fauna inspections have been undertaken and a qualified and experienced fauna handler will be on site during all tree removals.

Noise mitigation

We are investigating a number of measures to minimise noise particularly where works are near sensitive locations. These measures include individual stakeholder briefings, staging the timing of works around key sensitive receptors where possible, providing localised noise shielding, and using equipment with the lowest sound power levels as far as practicable.

Hours of work

All works will occur during normal working hours:

  • 7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday and 7am - 1pm, Saturdays
  • No work on Sundays or public holidays.