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Transport changes in Parkville

Road and lane closures

  • 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.

Pedestrian and cyclists

There will be changes to how pedestrians and cyclists travel in the area.

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.

August 2019 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.


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.

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.