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Metro Tunnel

Transport changes in South Yarra

Short-term traffic impacts

Yarra Street

Due to drainage investigations, Yarra Street will be closed to all traffic from from 8pm to 5am, Wednesday 1 May to Friday 3 May.

Detours will be in place during this time, as per map below.

Chapel and Arthur streets intersection

Works to upgrade traffic and pedestrian signals at the intersection of Chapel and Arthur Street are required to improve truck, traffic and pedestrian safety around work sites within South Yarra.

Works will include:

  • Installation of new traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Chapel and Arthur streets
  • Changing the phasing of traffic signals
  • Removal of five car parking spaces on both sides of Chapel Street to allow for truck turning circles
  • Relocating tram stop 49 30 metres south on Chapel Street

Due to this upgrade, Arthur Street will then be intermittently reduced to a single lane between Monday, 11 March and the end of May 2019.

Traffic changes at the Arthur and Chapel Street intersection

William, Oxford and Bond streets

William, Oxford and Bond streets will be closed to through traffic, and parking removed, from Friday, 5 April until Thursday, 24 April to support the safe movement of trucks, pedestrians and other vehicles while major works are carried out.

Local access will be maintained by traffic controllers.

Ongoing works

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

Pedestrian detour routes around Lovers Walk and William Street Bridge

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.