Bike access to the western section of Grattan Street will be restricted as work starts on the creation of two station entrances outside the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Underground services need to be relocated so there will be short changes to traffic patterns in the precinct for about 5 weeks from this Friday 14 February, including the closure of Grattan Street.
Bike riders will be able to travel eastbound on Grattan Street to Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade under traffic management.
During this time, there will also be weekend closures of the northbound service lane on Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade.
On weekends, riders travelling northbound on Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade will be diverted into the northbound centre lane from Haymarket Roundabout, as was the case last November.
However, riders wanting to travel westbound on Grattan Street to Flemington Road, there will be longer term impacts.
As the Grattan Street west-bound traffic lanes will be closed for three years, the options are:
- Walk your bikes from Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade on the footpath.
- Travel westbound further north, i.e. to Gatehouse Street
- Travel westbound further south i.e. to Queensberry Street
Further options are likely to be available later to assist with the connection to Flemington Road.
Once the service relocations in Grattan Street are completed, the eastbound lanes will reopen to traffic. The westbound lanes will remain closed for work to begin on the station entrance outside Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Access to hospitals, including for emergency services, and businesses will be maintained at all times.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, with some diversions in place around the work site.
On weekends, the bus route 505 will not service The Royal Melbourne Hospital/Royal Parade stop. Passengers are advised to use the alternative bus stop at Morrah Street/Royal Parade, located 250 metres north on Royal Parade.
Other tram and bus routes are unchanged.