Grattan St changes as Parkville Station progresses 

Grattan St changes as Parkville Station progresses 

Part of Grattan St will temporarily reopen to through traffic in July, as work powers ahead on the Metro Tunnel’s Parkville Station.

With the station taking shape more than 25 metres underground, Grattan St’s eastbound lane between Flemington Rd and Royal Parade will temporarily reopen, replacing the U-turn for hospital drop off and pickaup, as work ramps up on reinstating Parkville’s streets, footpaths and cycle lanes.

This section of Grattan St has been closed to through traffic since mid-2020 to allow construction on the station, one of five new underground stations being built as part of the Metro Tunnel.

From July until the end of the year, vehicles will be able to enter Grattan St at Flemington Rd to access the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and continue through to Royal Parade, with a left turn only at Royal Parade to head north away from the CBD. 

The road will still be closed to westbound traffic. 

During this time work will take place on the southern side of Grattan St to relocate services and build footpaths, bike lanes, seating, and landscaping.

People moving around the area will need to allow extra travel time and look out for new temporary fencing and signs showing safe routes for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. 

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times and patient drop-off and pick-up and short-term parking will still be available on the northern side of Grattan St.

Details of all the changes can be found on the Metro Tunnel website at •

Once work is finished on the southern side of Grattan St, traffic movements will change again as reinstatement work switches to the northern side of the street.

There will continue to be temporary changes for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists around the station area for the rest of 2023 and into next year, as the Metro Tunnel project team works to reinstate and improve streets and public spaces.

Plans for Grattan St as part of the construction of the station include making the area more pedestrian-friendly, with wider footpaths, cycle lanes, more bike parking and landscaping.   

By the end of this year new tram super stops will be built on Elizabeth St and Royal Parade for the route 19 tram. 

Parkville Station will connect Melbourne’s world-class education, research, and healthcare hub to the city’s train network for the first time.  

The station will include a new pedestrian underpass under Royal Parade, providing a safe connection to the doorsteps of the University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. 

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