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Metro Tunnel

Changes to the road and transport network

Changes to the road, tram and bicycle networks are required to keep Melbourne moving during construction of this city-shaping project.

A number of projects will be delivered in conjunction with existing VicRoads initiatives to accommodate diverted traffic during construction. These works will improve the resilience and capacity of the road network while the Metro Tunnel is built.

Road closures and lane reductions

Construction of the Metro Tunnel will see temporary but extended road and lane closures at a number of locations including: St Kilda Road, Domain Road, Franklin Street, A'Beckett Street, Flinders Street, and Grattan Street. There will be other changes to local roads to help facilitate construction.

Public transport changes

The former Tram Routes 8 and 55 have been merged into a new Route 58, which runs from Toorak through South Yarra to Domain, and then along William Street to Parkville and West Coburg. At the same time, Route 6 from Glen Iris was extended from Melbourne University to Moreland, to replace Route 8 services on Lygon Street.

Bus Route 605 now travels around the Anzac Station work site. The route now travels along Anderson Streets and Birdwood Avenue into the western end of town, along Queen Street as far as La Trobe Street.

Overview of major changes by precinct

To build Parkville Station, Grattan Street will be closed between Royal Parade and Leicester Street in early 2018 for approximately five years.

There will also be lane reductions on Grattan Street between Royal Parade and Flemington Road for more than two years.

During the Grattan Street closure, traffic is proposed to be diverted along:

Signalling, line marking, signage and kerb modifications will provide alternative routes for cyclists and improve network capacity in the area.

See current works in Parkville.

To facilitate construction of State Library Station, part of Franklin Street between Swanston Street and Victoria Street closed in early 2017 for approximately five years, with lane reductions on Franklin Street between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street. A'Beckett Street between Stewart Street and Swanston Street closed in early 2017 for approximately five years.

On La Trobe Street, car parking spaces have been removed near intersections between King Street and Exhibition Street to improve traffic flow.

Victoria Street eastbound between Leicester Street and Nicholson Street has also become a 'No Stopping' zone from 7am to 9.30am on weekdays.

To support construction of Town Hall Station and the entrances to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square, westbound lanes on Flinders Street are proposed to be closed between Russell and Swanston streets for five months with a full closure between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street for nine weeks. These works will be subject to the final methodology of the main works contractor.

Upgrades to signalling, and the installation of VMS, CCTV and Bluetooth will be delivered in these areas to increase capacity and traffic flow.

See current works in the Melbourne CBD.

By early 2018, St Kilda Road will be temporarily reconfigured to one traffic lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road West with tram, pedestrian and bicycle access maintained as the new Anzac Station is built under the roadway.

In July 2017 Domain Road closed between St Kilda Road and the western edge of Edmund Herring Oval and will remain closed for approximately five years.

Diversion routes include Queens Road, Kings Way, Canterbury Road, Ferrars Street and Beaconsfield Parade. Signalling upgrades, and the installation of VMS, CCTV and Bluetooth will be delivered along these alternative routes to improve traffic flow.

Trams that previously travelled along Domain Road and Park Street in South Yarra have been diverted to Toorak Road West from July 2017. This means Toorak Road West has been reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction.

See current works in the Domain area.

Enhancing the network

Road network improvements across the city include lane changes as well as signalling upgrades at more than 100 intersections and the installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and Bluetooth technology on alternative routes to allow for more real-time traffic monitoring and improved incident response.

Variable-message signs (VMS) will also be installed and use the traffic data collected from CCTV and Bluetooth monitoring to provide drivers with information on traffic conditions on key routes.

In some locations, such as Queensberry Street, car parking spaces will make way for an extra traffic lane to boost road capacity and ensure road space is used as efficiently as possible when it is needed most.


A number of initiatives will be delivered across the network to manage the temporary but extended road closures and lane reductions during construction including redesigning some intersections and improving road layouts. These improvements will occur at a number of locations across the road network in addition to the key route upgrades identified below.

Signal timings

Upgrades to traffic signal timings including modifications to green, red and pedestrian walk timings will allow traffic to flow more efficiently at key locations.

Traffic and road changes

Redesigning intersections and road layouts including kerb modifications, turn bans, changes to line marking and signage to improve the flow of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

Car parking

Car parking spaces will be removed at some locations to improve traffic flow such as on Queensberry Street which has been reconfigured to two traffic lanes between Elizabeth and Rathdowne streets.

CCTV and Bluetooth

Real-time monitoring of the road network including traffic flow and road incidents to provide up-to-date data on traffic conditions and improved incident response.

'No Stopping' zone

Victoria Street eastbound between Leicester and Nicholson streets has become a 'No Stopping' zone from 7am to 9.30am on weekdays.

Key diversion routes

Map showing the key diversion routes and works taking place on the road and transport network. Text only version currently being developed

Delivery of works

Works to improve the capacity and flow of traffic on the road network are underway, and are being staged to coincide with associated road closures.

These projects will be coordinated by Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and delivered by the Early Works Managing Contractor (John Holland), VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria (PTV), Yarra Trams and the main works contractor.

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