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Transport changes in North Melbourne

As construction of the new Arden Station continues, there will be some changes to how you drive, cycle and walk around the precinct.

Laurens Street realignment

In February 2021 until late 2023, Laurens Street will be realigned to enable service investigations and support construction of the Arden Station entrance.

The following changes will remain in place until 2023:

  • Closure of the western footpath on Laurens Street, from Arden Street to just south of Queensberry Street
  • Closure of on-street parking spaces on both sides of Laurens Street, from Arden Street to just south of Queensberry Street
  • Installation of an east/west pedestrian crossing on Laurens Street
  • Reduction of the current speed limit to 40 km/h
  • Installation of concrete barriers to delineate the site from road users.

For further information, see the North Melbourne, Laurens Street realignment works notification, February 2021 to 2023.( PDF, 288.7 KB).

Traffic and transport

  • Up to 400 trucks per day are expected to travel to and from site. Construction vehicles and trucks will access the site via Laurens and Arden streets
  • All trucks carrying excavated materials will be covered, and water carts and street sweepers will be used frequently to minimise the spread of dust
  • Rumble grids and a wheel wash have been installed to remove debris from the wheels and carriages of vehicles to minimise the spread of dirt on local roads.

Utility investigation works

  • Utility investigations will involve the intermittent short-term closure of one lane on Arden, Laurens and Barwise streets. Traffic will be maintained in both directions via a shuttle flow arrangement
  • Some on-street parking spaces may be temporarily impacted on Arden, Barwise, Queensberry and Laurens streets
  • Sections of footpath adjacent to works may be temporarily closed, with local pedestrian diversions in place
  • Access to businesses will be maintained at all times
  • Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around the work area.