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Traffic changes to build Federation Square entrance

Traffic changes and major construction on the corner of Federation Square, opposite the main entrance to Flinders Street Station, will start in October with works to build a Metro Tunnel station entrance.

To allow for these works, the westbound lanes of Flinders Street adjacent to Federation Square will for up to four years from October be reduced by one traffic lane between Russell and Swanston streets.

Drivers will still have one left-turning lane from Flinders Street onto St Kilda Road, and one lane travelling west towards Elizabeth Street. Motorists are urged to allow up to an extra 15 minutes if through this stretch of Flinders Street.

Pedestrian access around the intersection and to Federation Square’s businesses, restaurants, cafes and bars will be maintained. Bicycle access will also be maintained, with the St Kilda Road bike lane realigned.

Federation Square sits over a working railway and the deck cannot withstand the weight of the massive machinery needed to build the station. Closing one lane will allow crews to operate heavy equipment while traffic continues to flow.

From next year, following the completion of piling works, an acoustic shed will be built over the site to reduce noise, dust and light from 24/7 excavation and tunnelling. Our Managing Contractor, Cross Yarra Partnership, has lodged a heritage permit application for works. All works at Federation Square will be undertaken with the relevant approvals.