Long-term traffic changes with Metro Tunnel works

Motorists and commuters are encouraged to plan ahead and leave extra time for their journey as construction of the Metro Tunnel ramps up in Parkville and the Domain precinct.

Part of St Kilda Road will reduce to one lane and Grattan Street will close for many years from this week to enable work on the biggest public transport project in Victoria’s history.

From 14 February: 

  • St Kilda Road will be reduced to a one traffic lane in both directions for around 800 metres between Kings Way and Dorcas Street for up to four years
  • Tram access along St Kilda Road will mostly operate as normal over this period, while pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained.

From 19 February: 

  • 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 with some diversions for cyclists.

Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time through these sections of St Kilda Road and Grattan Street.

From 18 February: 

  • Bus routes 401, 402, 403, 505, and 545 will be diverted around Grattan Street while still serving nearby hospitals and Melbourne University
  • Buses will replace all trams along St Kilda Road during the April school holidays as tram tracks and traffic lanes are reconfigured. 

Bluetooth technology has been installed at 29 locations and CCTV cameras are being installed at 32 locations to monitor traffic in real-time, and information screens to provide drivers with the up-to-date travel time information and the best alternative routes. 

For more information on these works visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.