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Metro Tunnel

Changes to the road and transport network

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.


Childers Street

Closed between the Bill Vanina Pavilion and Ormond Street.

Sunbury, Werribee and Williamstown lines

Buses will replace trains on sections of the Sunbury, Werribee and Williamstown lines all day on Sunday 23 September.


Grattan Street

Grattan Street has been closed to traffic in both directions for around 300 metres from Royal Parade to Leicester Street (for up to five years).

Pedestrian access will be maintained through Grattan Street with some diversions for cyclists.

Bus route changes

Routes 401, 402, 403, 505 and 546 have changed to detour around the Grattan Street closure.

See current works in Parkville.

Melbourne CBD

Franklin Street

Closed between Swanston Street and Victoria Street until further notice

The westbound lanes on Franklin Street (between Swanston and Stewart Streets) have closed for up to two years from 27 August.

A'Beckett Street

Closed between Swanston Street and Stewart Street.

La Trobe Street

Changes to La Trobe Street intersections, between William and Exhibition streets, have been made to allow traffic to flow more efficiently through the north of the city. These works included traffic signal improvements, line marking improvements, kerb widening and removing the hook turn from La Trobe Street (eastbound) into Elizabeth Street (southbound).

See current works in the Melbourne CBD.


St Kilda Road

St Kilda Road has been reduced to one traffic lane in both directions for around 800 metres between Kings Way/Toorak Road West and Dorcas Street (for up to four years).

Kings Way

Works underway at a number of intersections along Kings Way to improve traffic flow, efficiency and safety.

Domain Road

Domain Road is closed for up to five years at the intersection of St Kilda Road.

Albert Road

The Southern leg is closed until further notice.

More information: Changes to St Kilda Road.

Public transport

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.

Network enhancements

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.

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.

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

Delivery of works

Works to improve the capacity and flow of traffic on the road network are underway, and are being staged to coincide with associated road closures.

These projects will be coordinated by Rail Projects Victoria and delivered by the Early Works Managing Contractor (John Holland), Cross Yarra Partnership, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria (PTV), and Yarra Trams.

More information