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Metro Tunnel

Current and planned transport changes

Keeping the community safe - responding to coronavirus

Construction on large-scale public infrastructure projects is critical and is continuing with strict COVIDsafe Plans in place on all project sites across Victoria. Learn more.

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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.

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Train line disruptions

For journey planning on public transport visit the Public Transport Victoria website.


24 August to 25 September


Buses replace trains between Epping and Mernda stations on weeknights. More details about works on the Mernda Line.

7 to 11 November

Werribee and Williamstown

Buses replace trains between North Melbourne, Newport and Williamstown.

7 to 21 November


Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Bendigo.

7 to 15 November


Buses replace trains on the Geelong Line between Southern Cross and Sunshine on weekends only.

For Warrnambool customers, coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Geelong.

7 to 15 November


Buses replace trains on the Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines between Southern Cross and Sunshine on weekends only.

Short term disruptions

For road travel advice visit the VicRoads Traffic website.

St Kilda Road, Domain precinct

22 September

St Kilda Road, Domain precinct

The temporary closure of St Kilda Road northbound is required between Kings Way and Albert Road between 9am and 4pm on Tuesday 22 September, 2020.

St Kilda Road closure details

St Kilda Road Closures, Domain precinct

Mid-September to November 2020

St Kilda Road, Domain precinct

Oversized TBM parts will be delivered to the Anzac Station site and will require overnight closures on St Kilda Road. All deliveries will take place between 1am – 5am over approximately 15 nights.

St Kilda Road traffic changes

Anzac Station, Domain precinct

May 2020 to March 2021

Peppercorn Lawn, on the southern edge of the Yarra River

Peppercorn Lawn will be occupied for ground improvement works associated with Metro Tunnel construction until March 2021.

Peppercorn Lane work details

State Library Station, Melbourne CBD

From February 2020

La Trobe Street

The eastbound lane on La Trobe Street is temporarily closed during construction hours between Elizabeth and Swanston streets.

La Trobe Street eastbound lane speed limit reduction to 30kph.

The dedicated eastbound bicycle lane and northern footpath on La Trobe Street adjacent to the Metro Tunnel construction site is closed.

La Trobe Street traffic changes

Long term disruptions

Long-term temporary closures are in place near our construction sites. For road travel advice visit the VicRoads Traffic website.

Western tunnel entrance, Kensington

Until 2025

Childers Street

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.

Childers Street closure details

Parkville Station, Parvkille

From 2018

Grattan Street (east)

Closed between Royal Parade/Elizabeth Street and Leicester Street for up to five years.

Grattan Street (east) closure details

From February 2020

Grattan Street (west)

Closed between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade.

Grattan Street (west) clsoure details

State Library Station, Melbourne CBD

From February 2020

Franklin Street

Franklin Street West between Elizabeth and Swanston streets is open to two-way traffic but reduces to one lane width when approaching Swanston Street. Consider blind spot when approaching Swanston Street.

Franklin Street East to remain closed until 2022.

Franklin Street closure details

From January 2017

A'Beckett Street

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

A'Beckett Street closure details

Town Hall Station, Melbourne CBD

From September 2019

Flinders Street

The left-hand turn for traffic travelling northbound on St Kilda Road into Flinders Street is closed.

The Flinders Street pedestrian crossing between St Paul’s Cathedral and Federation Square temporarily closed from 3 June 2020 for up to 20 months.

Flinders Street westbound changes

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

Flinders Street easbound closure details

Anzac Station, Domain precinct

From 2018

St Kilda Road

Reduced to one traffic lane in each direction between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road west

St Kilda Road changes

From 2018

Domain Road

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

Eastern tunnel entrance, South Yarra

From October 2018

William Street Bridge and Lovers Walk

Closed during construction of the eastern tunnel entrance.

William Street Bridge closure details