The City of Melbourne next week starts work on a new bike lane configuration outside Flinders Street station for riders entering the city over Princes Bridge.
There will be a new kerbside bike lane outside the station on the approach to Flinders Street, separated by a kerb from the adjacent traffic lane.
This should mean that left turning cars will be unlikely to crash into riders in front of the Station’s famous clocks.
The changes are being made as part of a project to make the forecourt area more secure from malevolent encroachment by motor vehicles.
The forecourt area around the station clocks will be expanded by 130 square metres, and the existing concrete blocks will be replaced with stainless steel bollards, bike hoops and a section of barrier.
Works get underway on the night of Monday 12 November. There will be a full road closure in place on Swanston Street near the corner of Flinders Street intersection (northbound) between 11pm (12 Nov) – 6am (13 Nov).
The new bike lane will be operational during the day from 13 November onward.
Partial road closures will also operate between 8pm – 6am for most of the duration of stage one night works with one lane of traffic closed for works.
Traffic management staff will be on site to provide direction to people riding and driving during these times.
Works will be undertaken in 4 stages with project completion expected by March 2019, although no work will be undertaken between 15 December 2018 and 5 January 2019.
The works will involve:
- Expanding the pedestrian area around Flinders Street station into the current left-turn lane on Swanston Street
- Re-marking one of the existing right-turn lanes to allow left and right turns
- Creating a new kerbside bike lane