Transport changes in Parkville
As construction of the new Parkville Station continues, there will be some changes to how you drive, cycle and walk around the precinct.
Long term road and lane closures
- Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound service lane closed to vehicles from Haymarket Roundabout to just north of The Royal Melbourne Hospital, from March 2021 until late-2022
- Vehicles travelling northbound from Haymarket Roundabout are directed to the Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound centre lane
- Minor lane closures in place on Haymarket Roundabout and Peel Street to assist with traffic flow for northbound traffic, from March 2021 until late 2022
- Grattan Street westbound lanes closed to vehicles, between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade, from February 2020 for three years.
- Grattan Street eastbound is currently closed to public vehicles
- The right hand-turn from Royal Parade southbound lane into Grattan Street is closed
- Access to hospitals, hospital car park, and ambulances will be maintained at all times.
- Grattan Street 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.
- 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.
Pedestrians and cyclists
There will be changes to how pedestrians and cyclists travel in the area.
Grattan Street, between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade, and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade.
Pedestrian access is maintained around the work site with localised diversions in place.
The northern east-west crossing at the Grattan Street and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade intersection is closed to pedestrians until late 2022. Pedestrian access is maintained around the Grattan Street and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade work sites with localised diversions in place.
The western north-south pedestrian crossing at the Grattan Street and Elizabeth Street/ Royal Parade intersection is relocated around 70 metres west on Grattan Street.
During piling works, there will be additional localised pedestrian diversions around the work site.
There is a new bicycle route between Wreckyn and Pelham streets via the Flemington Road shared use path to provide a safe and convenient route while construction takes place on Grattan Street west. Cyclists travelling eastbound are advised to use this route.
Cyclists wanting to travel westbound on Grattan Street to Flemington Road are advised to use the Flemington Road shared use path, adjacent to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, or to dismount and walk their bikes from Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade.
Cyclists travelling northbound along Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade from Haymarket Roundabout will be directed into a new bicycle path in the Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound centre lane.
Grattan Street between Royal Parade/ Elizabeth Street and Leicester Street
Pedestrian access is maintained using the 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.
Changes to 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 and tram stop locations will remain the same.
From March 2021 to end 2022, pedestrian access to the Route 19 Royal Melbourne Hospital/Royal Pde stop number 10 will be maintained with localised pedestrian diversions in place.
From March 2021 to late 2022, the bus route 505 will not service The Royal Melbourne Hospital/Royal Parade stop. Passengers are advised to use the alternative bus stop at Morrah Street/Royal Parade located 250 metres north on Royal Parade.
Bus routes 401, 402 and 403 are currently not servicing the Royal Melbourne Hospital/ Grattan Street stop. Passengers are advised to use the alternative bus stop on Wreckyn Street.
Information about the changed bus routes and current timetables are available on the Public Transport Victoria website.