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Part-closure of Flinders Street from 2 September

Posted: 21 Jul 2019

From 2 September, both eastbound lanes on Flinders Street will be closed between Elizabeth and Swanston streets for up to three years. The closure will allow us to build an underground connection from Flinders Street Station to the new Town Hall Station as part of the Metro Tunnel construction.

The eastbound closure of Flinders Street will halve the number of truck movements on Swanston Street during peak construction, reducing it to around 100 trucks each day at peak construction. This will increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists in this part of the CBD.


Trams will continue to run in both directions throughout the works, except for six days later this year – from 2-7 October – when construction will be temporarily required closer to the tram network.


The footpath will remain open along Flinders Street past Degraves Street and outside Young & Jackson Hotel.

A new pedestrian crossing will also be established to the west of Degraves Street to enable pedestrians to cross to the south side of Flinders Street and maintain access to the tram stop.

The full footpath on Flinders Street is expected to re-open to pedestrians in late 2020.


Pedestrian and vehicle access will be maintained for local businesses and residents, and loading bays will be created east of Elizabeth Street for deliveries and drop-offs.

Road users are encouraged to plan ahead and use alternate routes. For more information, visit the Victoria's Big Build website.

Map showing what sections of Flinders Street will be closed