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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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1 November to 3 December Mernda

Buses replace trains on parts of the Mernda line from Sunday 1 November to Thursday 3 December 2020. More for details about works on the Mernda line.

7 to 21 November

Bendigo

Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Bendigo.

7 to 15 November

Geelong

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

Ballarat

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

26 February to 3 March

Werribee and Williamstown

Buses replace trains on the Werribee and Williamstown lines between North Melbourne and Newport/Williamstown, including the Altona Loop, and on nights from Wednesday 3 March to Sunday 7 March between North Melbourne and Newport/Williamstown.

26 February to 7 March Sunbury

Buses replace trains between Flagstaff, North Melbourne and Sunbury stations from 9pm Friday 26 February to last train Sunday 7 March.

26 February to 7 March Bendigo

Coaches replace trains from Southern Cross to Gisborne.

Short term disruptions

For road travel advice visit the VicRoads Traffic website.

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Parkville Station, Parkville

5 November to late December

Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade

From Thursday 5 November until late December, the Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade northbound service lane, between Haymarket Roundabout and to just north of the Royal Melbourne Hospital is closed until late 2020. Access to hospitals, hospital car park, and ambulances will be maintained at all times.

Parkville Street traffic changes

Eastern tunnel entrance, South Yarra

5 November to 5 December

Arthur Street

Temporary partial closure of Arthur Street for drainage installation. These works will require the partial closure of Arthur Street between Chapel Street and 50 Arthur Street from Thursday 5 November until Friday 5 December.

South Yarra traffic changes

Anzac Station, Domain precinct
Until 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.

Traffic changes around State Library Station

25 November to 4 December La Trobe and Little La Trobe streets

From Wednesday 25 November to Friday 4 December, temporary road closures are required on La Trobe and Little La Trobe streets. These closures will be intermittent with some works required to take place outside of standard construction hours.

Traffic changes around State Library Station

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

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