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Transport changes in Parkville

Ongoing Works

Grattan Street is now closed to vehicles between Royal Parade and Leicester Street (for up to five years). On the north side, pedestrian access is maintained using the new covered pedestrian walkway constructed in front of the University of Melbourne’s Medical Building. This walkway is for pedestrian access only. Cyclist access is unavailable and cyclists are asked to dismount their bicycle and use the path on the south side of Grattan Street. The entrance to the Medical Building on Grattan Street is available via the pedestrian walkway. All other entrances to the building remain unchanged.

On the south side, pedestrian access is maintained. For the safety of all users, cyclists are requested to dismount and walk their bicycle.

Access to the Alan Gilbert Building and the Peter Doherty Institute is available via the covered pedestrian walkways.

Signage is in place to safely guide pedestrians and cyclists around the area.

Pedestrian and cyclists

Pedestrians and cyclists travelling on Grattan Street between Royal Parade/ Elizabeth Street and Leicester Street should note the following changes.

August 2019 map

Barry Street

  • Boom gates have been installed at the northern end of the Barry Street work site to facilitate truck movements across the pedestrian walkway.
  • When a truck arrives at the boom gates, a warning alarm will sound, lights will be activated and the boom gates will be used to stop pedestrians from crossing and allow trucks to enter the site.
  • The gates will be in place for the duration of Parkville Station construction.
  • Site establishment works are ongoing. A workforce pedestrian bridge has been installed over the pedestrian walkway between Grattan and Barry streets.

Enhancing the bicycle network

While there are restrictions to bicycle paths along Grattan Street between Royal Parade and Leicester Street, a number of changes have been made across the bicycle network to help keep cyclists moving, including redesigning some intersections and road layouts. Queensberry Street between Elizabeth Street and Rathdowne Street has been modified to allow traffic to flow more efficiently through the north of the city. The bicycle lanes on both sides of Queensberry Street have been improved, providing a dedicated route for cyclists.

Public transport network


Trams will continue to run along Royal Parade. However, there will need to be some temporary changes to the public transport network during construction. Any changes to tram services will be communicated in advance.


In 18 February 2018, the 401, 402, 403, 505 and 546 bus services were re-routed around the Grattan Street work site. Information about the changed bus routes and current timetables are available on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Road closures

Grattan Street is now closed to vehicles between Royal Parade and Leicester Street (for up to five years).

Barry Street (between Pelham Street and Grattan Street) is also closed to vehicles for up to five years.

There will also be no vehicle access from Grattan Street into Berkeley Street, although Berkeley Street will remain open at Pelham Street.

Staged lane closures are required on Grattan Street between (Flemington Road and Royal Parade) and in the Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound service lane from Haymarket Roundabout to just north of The Royal Melbourne Hospital until early 2020.

Car parking during construction

All public off-street car parks in the precinct will remain accessible during construction. On-street car parking capacity has been reduced in the area.

Access to University Square Car Park has been maintained via Berkeley and Bouverie streets.

Parking spaces will be removed on Grattan and Barry streets while these roads are closed for construction.

Access around the University of Melbourne main campus

Gate 10 is closed to vehicles except for emergency vehicles and essential deliveries.

Pedestrian access will be maintained through Gate 10. However, pedestrian access routes to Gate 10 will change and alternative temporary access routes will be communicated in advance of these changes occurring.

Queensberry Street changes

Queensberry Street was widened to two traffic lanes between Elizabeth and Rathdowne streets to give 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 has been retained, maintaining safe passage for cyclists.