Victoria’s biggest public transport project, the Metro Tunnel, mean drivers must expect road closures and lane reductions to begin next month in some areas.
The $11 billion project will connect the Parkville and Domain precincts to the train network for the first time, creating a world-class, turn-up-and-go train system, with 50,000 fewer car trips on Melbourne’s roads each day.
In the short term, construction of new underground stations will lead to some inconvenience, for several years. Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan announced extended lane reductions on St Kilda Road and the complete closure of Grattan Street.
St Kilda Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions for around 800 metres between Kings Way/Toorak Road West and Dorcas Street for up to four years. Tram access along St Kilda Road will mostly operate as normal, as will pedestrian and cycling access.
Grattan Street will close in both directions for around 300 metres from Royal Parade to Leicester Street for up to five years. Pedestrian access will be maintained through Grattan Street, with some diversions for cyclists.
Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time if they travel along this stretch of St Kilda Road or through Parkville.
Public transport users should note that in February buses will replace trams on a section of Route 58, while a new tram stop is built on Park Street. Buses will replace all trams along a section of St Kilda Rd during the April school holidays.
Alternative routes for St Kilda Road include Kings Way, Queens Road, Ferrars Street and Beaconsfield Parade. Grattan Street alternatives include Queensberry Street, Alexandra Parade and Cemetery Road/College Crescent.
Some changes to local bus routes and timetables will also be necessary while these works are underway.
“We encourage motorists to plan ahead and allow extra travel time,” Mr Donnellan said.
For up-to-date travel information and to plan your journey, visit ptv.vic.gov.au or www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.