Changes to Queensberry Street
Works in preparation for the new Parkville Station will commence in early 2017. 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 current 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 is developed in consultation with City of Melbourne, local businesses and residents, options to increase kerb side parking will be considered.
All loading zones 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 is triggered.
When and how will the works take place?
Following the necessary planning approvals, works on Queensberry Street are anticipated to begin in mid-April 2017 and will take up to three months to complete.
The construction process will involve asphalt saw cutting, kerb changes and line marking.
Every effort will be taken to complete the works during the day. For safety reasons night works may be required to complete line marking, asphalting and traffic signal work. Low noise levels are expected during construction.
A staged approach to the works will be undertaken with the parking and median alterations progressively rolling out along Queensberry Street to minimise disruption.
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.