Although major changes are being made to the Flinders Street/Swanston Street intersection, bikes should not be impacted.
Pedestrian and motor traffic will be re-routed, however the busy Swanston Street bike lanes will operate as usual.
Large excavating machines called roadheaders are currently carving out the central cavern of the new Town Hall Station beneath Swanston Street, between Flinders and Collins streets.
As tunnelling and excavation ramps up, there will be an increase in trucks removing excavated material from the Town Hall Station construction sites.
Almost half of the excavated material will be removed from the Federation Square site. This will reduce the number of trucks travelling on Swanston Street, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram, cyclist and pedestrian corridors.
Large trucks (truck and trailers) will be used to remove the excavated material. By enabling large trucks to enter and exit the Federation Square site the number of trucks on the road will be reduced by up to 60% during peak construction.
From early June vehicles travelling on St Kilda Road will no longer be able to turn left into Flinders Street. The closure will ensure pedestrians have more time to safely cross between Flinders Street Station and the Young & Jackson.
The pedestrian crossing between St Paul’s Cathedral and Federation Square will also be closed temporarily at this time, and a new signalised crossing opened on Flinders Street near Hosier Lane.
Additional pedestrian safety fencing and signage will be installed in these areas. Access to residential buildings and businesses will be maintained at all times.
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