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Metro Tunnel

Network enhancements and changes

Changes to the road, tram and bicycle networks are required to keep Melbourne moving during construction of this city-shaping project.

A number of projects will be delivered in conjunction with existing VicRoads initiatives to accommodate diverted traffic during construction. These works will improve the resilience and capacity of the road network while the Metro Tunnel is built.

Changes to public transport routes

The former Tram Routes 8 and 55 have been merged into a new Route 58, which runs from Toorak through South Yarra to Domain, and then along William Street to Parkville and West Coburg.

Route 6 from Glen Iris was extended from Melbourne University to Moreland, to replace Route 8 services on Lygon Street.

Bus Route 605 now travels around the Anzac Station work site. The route now travels along Anderson Streets and Birdwood Avenue into the western end of town, along Queen Street as far as La Trobe Street.

Changes to cycling routes

Grattan Street

To enable the construction of the new underground Parkville Station, Grattan Street (between Royal Parade and Leicester Street) closed to traffic in February 2018 for up to five years. There is no on-road bicycle access. Pedestrian access has been maintained along Grattan Street with some diversions  in place for cyclists.

Franklin Street & A'Beckett Street

Franklin Street, between Victoria Street and Swanston Street, and A’Beckett Street, between Swanston Street and Stewart Street, were closed to traffic and cyclists in January 2017 for the start of works on the new underground State Library Station.

Domain Road

To enable the construction of Anzac Station, Domain Road has closed between St Kilda Road and the western edge of Edmund Herring Oval for approximately five years from mid-2017. Vehicles and cyclists are not able to access this section of Domain Road.

St Kilda Road

In February 2018, St Kilda Road was temporarily reconfigured to one traffic lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road West for up to four years. Tram, pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained as the new Anzac Station is built under the roadway.

Enhancements to the bicycle network

A number of initiatives are being delivered across the bicycle network to help keep cyclists moving, including redesigning some intersections and road layouts. These changes are underway at a number of locations.

Queensberry Street, Carlton

Works have been completed on Queensberry Street, between Elizabeth Street and Rathdowne Street, 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.

Green coloured road markings have been applied between intersections to increase the visibility and awareness of the bicycle lane to drivers and cyclists.

Moray Street, South Melbourne

Upgrades to the Moray Street bike path will provide cyclists with a convenient alternative route to St Kilda Road. Intersections are being made safer using extended kerbs and raised zebra pedestrian crossings, a reduction in speed limit for cars to 40km/h, and new roundabouts.

Canterbury Road / Ferrars Street & Albert Road / Kerferd Road intersections

The intersections at these locations are being upgraded to improve safety and connectivity for cyclists to the upgraded Moray Street bike lanes.

VicRoads, City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip and City of Stonnington will continue to deliver cycling infrastructure projects during construction. We are working closely with local councils and other government agencies to manage construction impacts on cyclists.

Other initiatives

A number of initiatives will be delivered across the network to manage the temporary but extended road closures and lane reductions during construction.

Signal timings

Upgrades to traffic signal timings including modifications to green, red and pedestrian walk timings will allow traffic to flow more efficiently at key locations.

Traffic and road changes

Redesigning intersections and road layouts including kerb modifications, turn bans, changes to line marking and signage to improve the flow of vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.  Examples include Kings Way, Queensberry Street and Moray Street.

Car parking

Car parking spaces will be removed at some locations to improve traffic flow such as on Queensberry Street which has been reconfigured to two traffic lanes between Elizabeth and Rathdowne streets.

CCTV and Bluetooth

Real-time monitoring of the road network including traffic flow and road incidents to provide up-to-date data on traffic conditions and improved incident response.

'No Stopping' zone

Victoria Street eastbound between Leicester and Nicholson streets has become a 'No Stopping' zone from 7am to 9.30am on weekdays.

Construction will see temporary but extended road and lane closures to travel routes into and around the city. People may need to consider changes to their routes to avoid and minimise delays.

Key diversion routes

Map showing the key diversion routes and works taking place on the road and transport network. Text only version currently being developed