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Metro Tunnel

Current and planned transport changes

Coronavirus and Victoria’s Big Build

Work is continuing safely on the Metro Tunnel Project as part of Victoria's Big Build. The health and safety of our workforce and community remains our top priority. COVIDsafe Plans are in place on all project sites across Victoria. Learn more.

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.

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9 to 12 August Mernda

Buses will replace trains from 9pm until the last train service on the Mernda Line between Clifton Hill and Mernda from Monday 9 August to Thursday 12 August.

Temporary night time closures on the Mernda Line

16 to 19 AugustMernda

Buses will replace trains from 9pm until the last train service on the Mernda Line between Clifton Hill and Mernda from Monday 16 August to Thursday 19 August.

Temporary night time closures on the Mernda Line

16 to 19 AugustCranbourne and Pakenham

Buses replace trains on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines between Caulfield and Westall from 9.20pm Monday 16 August to last service Thursday 19 August.

23 to 24 AugustMernda

Buses will replace trains from 9pm until the last train service on the Mernda Line between Clifton Hill and Mernda from Monday 23 August to Tuesday 24 August.

Temporary night time closures on the Mernda Line

23 to 26 AugustCranbourne and Pakenham

Buses replace trains on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines between Caulfield and Westall from 9.20pm Monday 23 August to last service Thursday 26 August.

25 to 26 AugustMernda

Buses will replace trains from 9pm until the last train service on the Mernda Line between Epping and Mernda from Wednesday 25 August to Thursday 26 August.

Temporary night time closures on the Mernda Line

28 to 29 AugustCranbourne, Pakenham and Frankston

Buses replace trains on the Cranbourne/Pakenham and Frankston lines from first service Saturday 28 August to last service Sunday 29 August.

30 August to 2 SeptemberMernda

Buses will replace trains from 9pm until the last train service on the Mernda Line between Epping and Mernda from Monday 30 August to Thursday 2 September.

Temporary night time closures on the Mernda Line

Short-term disruptions

For road travel advice visit the VicRoads Traffic website.

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Caulfield 
19 to 30 July

Normanby Road

A temporary lane closure on Normanby Road is required for relocatable equipment building preparation works on Monday 19 to Friday 30 July, 7am to 6pm. Traffic management will be in place along Normanby Road to facilitate local traffic.

Town Hall Station, CBD
Late July

Flinders Street

Elizabeth and Swanston streets will be closed to motorists between 10pm to 5am for up to five nights in late July to undertake sewer relining works.

Long-term disruptions

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

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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

Arden Station, North Melbourne

From late January until late 2023

Laurens Street

Laurens Street will be realigned to support service investigations and relocations, and construction of the Arden Station entrance. This involves the narrowing of traffic and bicycle lanes and closure of sections of footpath and on street parking.

Parkville Station, Parvkille
From March to late 2022

Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade

The Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound service lane will close from Haymarket Roundabout to just north of The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Vehicles travelling northbound from Haymarket Roundabout will be directed into the Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound centre lane.

There will be minor lane closures on Haymarket Roundabout and Peel Street to assist with traffic flow for northbound traffic.

Traffic changes in Parkville

From February 2020

Grattan Street (west)

Closed between Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade.

Grattan Street (west) closure details

From 2018

Grattan Street (east)

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

Grattan Street (east) closure 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 2024.

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.

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