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La Trobe Street

To facilitate construction of CBD North Station, part of Franklin Street between Victoria and Swanston streets will be closed to traffic for around five years from early 2017.

In preparation for the temporary but extended closure of Franklin Street, La Trobe Street will undergo some changes to allow traffic to flow more efficiently through the city.

What the works will involve

  • Some parallel car parking spaces at the intersections along La Trobe Street between King and Exhibition streets will be removed to enable cars to pass more easily through these intersections.
  • Parking will remain mid-block on La Trobe Street between intersections, with parking removed only on the approach to the intersections to accommodate a second traffic lane (as shown in the second image below).
  • Three new accessible parking bays will be constructed between Swanston and Russell streets, including kerb ramp and pavement improvements.
  • Traffic light signal timings will also be adjusted to allow more cars to move along La Trobe Street.
  • Cyclists will also benefit from a clear passage at the intersections after the removal of some parallel car parking spaces at these points, with the existing bike path remaining.
  • Median widths will be narrowed to accommodate these changes. The exact width of the medians will vary along La Trobe Street but will not be less than 0.3 metres. 
  • Changes to kerbs and footpaths at intersections.
  • Line marking to identify the new design of the road way.

What to be aware of

La Trobe Street will remain open to traffic for the duration of the works however there will be short-term, temporary changes to vehicle and bicycle access. Variable Message Signs (VMS) boards will be in place to provide clear direction.

Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians and maintain traffic flow.

When the works will take place

Construction hours are

  • 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am – 1pm, Saturdays

Night work will be required for permanent line marking along La Trobe Street. This work is expected to take place in late January 2017.

Alternative off-street parking and public transport

Metered and paid off-street car parking options are available along La Trobe Street.

The Route 30 tram operates along La Trobe Street, between St Vincent's Plaza on Gisborne Street, East Melbourne and Etihad Stadium in Docklands.

Image showing the changes to La Trobe Street. Median widths will be narrowed to accommodate these changes. The exact width of the medians will vary along La Trobe Street but will not be less than 0.3 metres