Transport changes in South Yarra
Short-term rail impacts
As part of the public transport winter construction blitz, there will be numerous short-term rail impacts across the network.
Works at the eastern tunnel entrance will require the demolition and rebuilding of the William Street bridge to accommodate a widened rail corridor underneath. Williams Street bridge closed on 15 October 2018 and will reopen in 2022. The height of the rebuilt bridge will increase to pass over the top of the reconfigured Cranbourne / Pakenham line.
The Lovers Walk pedestrian path also closed on 15 October 2018 and will reopen 2022 to allow for construction of the eastern tunnel entrance. Pedestrian can detour via Toorak Road or Chapel Street:
- Toorak Road and Chapel Street: 505m, 5min walk
- Toorak Road, Chambers and Oxford streets: 530m, 7min walk
- Toorak Road, Chambers and Bond streets: 513m, 6min walk
- Osborne Street and Arthur Street: 680m, 10min walk
Proposed construction traffic routes have been developed for the eastern tunnel entrance precinct that focus on moving trucks and other construction traffic to Toorak Road as quickly as possible. Active traffic management will also be used to minimise delays to tram movements and traffic flow along Toorak Road.
A number of rail corridor occupations (periods where trains stop running so works can take place) will be required to connect the Metro Tunnel to the Cranbourne/Pakenham line. These occupations will potentially disrupt services on parts of the rail network.
Our construction contractors will be required to develop and implement measures to minimise disruption to the transport network during construction of the Metro Tunnel.