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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.

From late 2017 / 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 we build a new underground station in the roadway.

There will be other changes to local roads along the Metro Tunnel alignment to help facilitate construction.

Network enhancements

Road network improvements across the city include lane changes as well as signalling upgrades at more than 100 intersections and the installation of 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, car parking spaces will make way for an extra traffic lane to boost road capacity or parking will be banned during peak periods to 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. Queensberry Street will be 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 will 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

What's happening by precinct

To build Parkville Station, Grattan Street will be closed between Royal Parade and Leicester Street in late 2017 for approximately four 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.

To facilitate construction of CBD North Station, part of Franklin Street will be closed between Swanston and Victoria streets for approximately five years from early 2017 with lane reductions on Franklin Street between Swanston streets and Elizabeth streets.

A'Beckett Street will be closed between Stewart and Swanston streets for approximately five years.

Changes on La Trobe Street include removal of car parking spaces near intersections between King Street and Exhibition Street to improve traffic flow.

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

To support construction of CBD South 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.

To enable construction of Domain Station, Domain Road will be closed between St Kilda Road and the western edge of Edmund Herring Oval for approximately five years from mid-2017. 

St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road with tram, pedestrian and bicycle access maintained for approximately two to three years from late 2017.

Proposed diversion routes include:

  • Queens Road
  • Kings Way
  • Canterbury Road
  • Ferrars Street
  • Beaconsfield Parade
  • Punt Road. 

Signalling upgrades, and the installation of VMS, CCTV and Bluetooth will be delivered along these alternative routes to improve traffic flow.

Trams that currently travel along Domain Road and Park Street in South Yarra will be diverted to Toorak Road West. This will result in Toorak Road West being reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction to ensure trams have dedicated tracks.

Public transport changes

Tram routes 8 and 55 will be merged into a new Route 58, which will run 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 will be extended from Melbourne University to Moreland, to replace Route 8 services on Lygon Street.

Bus Route 605 will travel around the works for the new underground station at Domain. The route currently travels between Punt Road and Swan Street into the city. From 25 June 2017, the route will travel along Anderson Streets and Birdwood Avenue into the western end of town, along Queen Street as far as La Trobe Street.

Timing and delivery of works

Works to improve the capacity and flow of traffic on the road network began in 2017 and will be completed by 2019. Delivery of these projects will be staged to coincide with associated road closures.

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

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