Changes to Queensberry Street
To facilitate the construction of Parkville Station, Grattan Street (between Royal Parade and Leicester Street) will be closed from late 2017 for up to five years.
In preparation for this temporary but extended closure, Queensberry Street will undergo some changes to allow traffic to flow more efficiently through the north of the city.
Queensberry Street will be widened to two traffic lanes between Elizabeth and Rathdowne streets. This will increase capacity by giving road users heading east-west across the city an additional option to Grattan and Victoria streets.
The bike lane on both sides of Queensberry Street will be retained, maintaining safe passage for cyclists.
Intersection of Queensberry and Lygon streets looking east (after works) - artist impression.
What will the works involve?
According to the final design, 112 car parking spaces along the street will be removed. The spaces will be primarily removed from the median strip between Rathdowne and Leicester streets. Most parallel parking will be retained to ensure safe access to shops and residences. The existing 891 parking spaces in adjacent streets - within 100 metres walk of Queensberry Street - will also be retained.
As the detailed design was developed in consultation with City of Melbourne, local businesses and residents, options to amend kerb side parking have been considered.
All loading zones, resident permit and disabled parking will be retained. Two car share spaces will be relocated. A total of four trees will be removed, two on the corner of Rathdowne and Queensberry streets and two on the corner of Lygon and Queensberry streets.
Works along Queensberry Street (between Lygon and Rathdowne streets) will be undertaken within a Heritage Overlay (H01 and H0992). However due to the type of works proposed, no planning permit was triggered.
When and how will the works take place?
Works will start from early May and will take up to three months to complete.
The following activities will be undertaken:
- Removal of centre median parking along Queensberry Street between Rathdowne Street and Leicester Street
- Changes to kerbs and traffic islands including pedestrian crossings at intersections
- Asphalt resurfacing at selected locations along Queensberry Street.
- Line marking to indicate the new road configuration
- Changes to traffic signage and signals along Queensberry Street
A temporary site compound will be established in Cardigan Street between Queensberry Street and Argyle Place for these works. It will occupy six parking spaces in the central median, which will be reinstated upon completion.
As part of the works, four trees will also be removed. The trees are located on Queensberry Street at the Rathdowne Street and Lygon Street intersections. Removal will take place from the week commencing Monday 1 May.
A staged approach to the works will be undertaken with the parking and median alterations progressively rolling out along Queensberry Street to minimise disruption.
Some activities will require lane or road closures. To minimise disruption, these activities will occur at night. We will notify the community in advance of night works occurring.
Although temporary changes may be required, bicycle lanes will be maintained in both directions throughout the works. Signage will be in place to provide clear direction.
There will be temporary removal of curb-side parking along Queensberry Street to ensure adequate space for establishing the work site in the central median whilst maintaining a bicycle lane and a traffic lane in each direction.
Alternative off street parking and public transport
There are 891 on street parking spaces on adjacent side streets within 100m walk of Queensberry Street.
In addition, tram routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72 travel from Flinders Street to Queensberry and Lygon streets. The City of Melbourne tourist bus also travels from the city to Lygon Street.