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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.

Traffic changes at Grattan Street west

While we build the new station entrances adjacent to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, traffic changes will be in place on Grattan Street west.

Watch the video below to find out more about these changes.

Road and lane closures

  • Grattan Street westbound lanes closed to vehicles, between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade, from February 2020 for three years.
  • Grattan Street eastbound closed to public vehicles until early 2021.
  • The right hand-turn from Royal Parade southbound lane into Grattan Street is closed to public vehicles.
  • The Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound service lane, between Haymarket Roundabout and to just north of the Royal Melbourne Hospital is closed until late 2020. Access to hospitals, hospital car park, and ambulances will be maintained at all times.

Parkville service relocations map

  • 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

On Grattan Street, between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade, pedestrian access is maintained using the covered pedestrian walkway adjacent to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Cyclist access is maintained eastbound under traffic control. Cyclist travelling to Flemington Road from Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade are asked to dismount their bicycle and use the path on the north side of Grattan Street.

On 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.

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.

Parkville construction map

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.


On 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.

On 5 November 2020 until late December 2020; 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.