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Metro Tunnel

Current and planned transport changes

Building the massive 9km twin rail tunnels and five new underground stations will cause some unavoidable transport disruptions.

Visit the Big Build website to view details of transport disruptions from the other major transport projects currently underway.

For journey planning on public transport visit the Public Transport Victoria website. For road travel visit the VicRoads Traffic website.

January 2020

Summer works – Buses replace trains

Cranbourne/Pakenham, Frankston, Sandringham and Gippsland lines

  • Trains
  • Regional trains

From 2 to 30 January, buses will replace trains on the Cranbourne/Pakenham and Frankston lines between Flinders Street and Caulfield. Coaches will replace trains on the Gippsland line between Bairnsdale/Traralgon and Southern Cross.

From Saturday 4 to Tuesday 14 January bus replacements on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line will extend to Westall and replacements on the Frankston line will extend to Moorabbin.

View details at Public Transport Victoria

December 2019

Buses replace trains

Mernda line

  • Trains

Buses will replace trains on sections of the Mernda line from 7.30pm Tuesday 3 December to last train Sunday 15 December 2019 for Level Crossing Removal Project and Metro Tunnel works.

View details at Public Transport Victoria

During December 2019

St Kilda Road - Intermittent closures

Domain

  • Motorists

Overnight closures of St Kilda Road will be required for the delivery of Tunnel Boring Machine parts to the Anzac Station site.

Between 1am and 5am on 16 and 17 December, St Kilda Road will be partially closed in both directions:

  • Southbound from Dorcas Street to Toorak Road West
  • Northbound from Albert Road North to Park Street

St Kilda Road traffic will be diverted to Kings Way. Tram services will be unaffected and local access to residential apartments and businesses will be maintained.

From 8 November 2019

Royal Parade – four week lane closure

Parkville

  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists

The northbound service lane on Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade will be closed for approximately four weeks from Friday 8 November. Access to hospitals, including for emergency services, and businesses will be maintained at all times.

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From September 2019

Flinders Street – long-term lane closures

Melbourne CBD

  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians

Flinders Street closed eastbound between Swanston and Elizabeth streets for up to three years.

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August 2019

Flinders Street – overnight closures

Melbourne CBD

  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians

Flinders Street closed in both directions between Swanston and Elizabeth streets from 8pm to 6am from Sunday to Thursday.

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From May 2019

La Trobe Street – lane closures

Melbourne CBD

  • Motorists
  • Cyclists
  • Pedestrians

Staged eastbound lane closures on La Trobe Street between Swanston and Elizabeth streets. Detours in place for motorists and cyclists.

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Until late 2019

Franklin Street – lane closures

Melbourne CBD

  • Motorists

Between Swanston and Stewart streets, eastbound lane closed 7am-3pm Monday to Saturday until 9 December 2019, and westbound lane closed until late 2019.

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From February 2019

Stewart Street – one-way southbound

Melbourne CBD

  • Motorists

Stewart Street has been reconfigured to one-way southbound.

From 2018

Grattan Street – long-term closure

Parkville

  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists

Closed to road users between Royal Parade/Elizabeth Street and Leicester Street.

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From October 2018

Flinders Street – long-term lane reduction

Melbourne CBD

  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians

Flinders Street reduced by one lane westbound between Russell and Swanston streets. Footpath closure and pedestrian detour in place at Federation Square.

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From 2018

Barry Street – long-term closure

Parkville

  • Motorists
  • Cyclists
  • Pedestrians

Closed to road users between Pelham Street and Grattan Street.

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From January 2017

A'Beckett Street – long-term closure

Melbourne CBD

  • Motorists
  • Pedestrians

Closed to road users between Swanston and Stewart streets. Pedestrian access maintained.

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From 2018

St Kilda Road – long-term lane reduction

Domain Precinct

  • Motorists

St Kilda Road has been reduced to one traffic lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road west.

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From 2018

Domain Road – long-term closure

Domain Precinct

  • Motorists

Closed between St Kilda road and the western edge of Edmund Herring Oval.

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Until 2025

Childers Street – long-term closure

Kensington

  • Motorists
  • Cyclists
  • Pedestrians

Closed to motorists, with access restricted to residents of Childers and Tennyson streets, construction vehicles, and over-height vehicles for the Lloyd Street Business Estate.

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From October 2018

Lovers Walk – long-term closure

South Yarra

  • Pedestrians

Lovers Walk is closed during construction. Pedestrians can detour via Toorak Road or Chapel Street.

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From October 2018

William Street Bridge – long-term closure

South Yarra

  • Motorists
  • Cyclists
  • Pedestrians

William Street Bridge has been demolished. The bridge will be re-built over the widened rail corridor and re-opened when construction at the Eastern Portal is complete.

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