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Grattan St Traffic Changes

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Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
25 January 2018

Grattan Street will be closed in both direction for around 300 metres from Royal Parade to Leicester Street for up to five years.

If you normally drive down Grattan, it might be a good time to switch to public transport or jump on a bike to get to work.

Keep up to date on the latest news on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and how this will affect you as you move around Melbourne, with their full update below:


St Kilda Road and Grattan Street major changes to traffic.

Major works are ramping up to build the new Metro Tunnel stations under St Kilda Road near the Shrine of Remembrance, and at Parkville under Grattan Street.

From mid-to-late February, 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.

Grattan Street will close in both directions for around 300 metres from Royal Parade to Leicester Street for up to five years.

Plan your journey and allow extra travel time.

People are advised to plan ahead and allow an extra 15 minutes travel time if they travel along this stretch of St Kilda Road or through Parkville.

Alternative routes for St Kilda Road include Kings Way, Queens Road, Ferrars Street and Beaconsfield Parade.

Tram services along St Kilda Road will mostly operate as normal. Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained.

Grattan Street alternatives include Queensberry Street, Alexandra Parade and Cemetery Road/College Crescent. Bus routes 401, 402, 403, 505, and 546 will be rerouted.  

Pedestrian access will be maintained through Grattan Street while some diversions will apply for cyclists.

More than $25 million of road and traffic upgrades are being delivered across Melbourne to keep the city moving while the Metro Tunnel is built. This includes creating more traffic lanes on alternative routes, widening and re-marking roads and reprogramming traffic lights at key intersections.

Bluetooth technology and CCTV cameras have also been installed at dozens of locations to monitor traffic and provide real-time updates to new electronic travel signs.

For more information on alternative traffic routes visit the VicRoads website. For details about public transport changes visit the Public Transport Victoria website.


2018 Works Update

2018 is shaping up to be a big year as major construction starts on the Metro Tunnel.

In the CBD, the demolition of several buildings acquired by the Project to make way for Town Hall Station and State Library Station is almost complete.

Soon, acoustic enclosures at Franklin Street and A’Beckett Street will be complete. Work on an acoustic enclosure at City Square will start towards the end of this year.

Behind these enclosures, access shafts will be dug out to enable machinery, equipment and workers to be transport underground.

The enclosures will minimise construction noise, dust and light levels for nearby residents and businesses during 24-hour tunnelling activities.

At the Metro Tunnel site in North Melbourne, demolition is almost complete, and work will soon start to prepare for a Tunnel Boring Machine launch shaft.

In Kensington, work is well advanced on the complex task of relocating high voltage transmission towers to make way for the Metro Tunnel’s western entrance.

Members of the public can get a close look at the works currently underway at the City Square site by visiting the viewing areas along Swanston Street.


To find out more about the Metro Tunnel:

You can also contact my office if you have questions about the Metro Tunnel works.

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Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
25 January 2018




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