Improvements have been made to the road, tram and bicycle networks to keep Melbourne moving during construction of the Metro Tunnel.
Rail Projects Victoria has worked with local councils, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Yarra Trams to plan for potential transport impacts from construction, and to design a comprehensive program of Network Enhancement Projects.
These works include street, bus stop and accessible tram stop upgrades, signal upgrades, civil works and line marking and installation of Blue tooth, CCTV and Real Time Signage.
The works have been 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.
Key diversion route upgrades
As the major arterial route in the precinct, Kings Way was identified as the primary diversion route during construction of the new Anzac Station. To ensure these roads can cater for the predicted increase in traffic, essential changes have been made to the road to improve the efficiency of the network.
Key changes included:
- Traffic signal remodeling
- Kerb works
- Removal of right turn movements on some intersections
- Water blasting existing line markings and installation of new line markings
- Installation of new street lights
- Installing new traffic directional signage at various locations along Kings Way to assist with driver decision making
In preparation for the temporary but extended closure of Grattan Street, works were undertaken on Queensberry St between Peel and Rathdowne St to allow traffic to flow more efficiently through the north of the city. The bicycle lanes on both sides of Queensberry Street have also been improved, providing a dedicated route for cyclists.
The Moray Street bike path was upgraded to provide cyclists with a safe and reliable alternative north-south route during Metro Tunnel works on St Kilda Road.