By Nadia Dimattina
The City of Melbourne has started its $2.2 million upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth St.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the upgrade would create a new public space for pedestrians.
“We’re improving Elizabeth St to make it a more functional, safe and attractive gateway for the thousands of pedestrians who use it every day,” he said.
The final concept for Elizabeth St involves five key components: southbound traffic lane removed, new pedestrian area, trams staying, western footpath upgraded and northbound traffic lane retained.
“The City of Melbourne proposes to exclude southbound traffic between Flinders Lane and Flinders St by October this year, allowing us to more than double the amount of pedestrian space and improve access to key public transport interchanges at Flinders Street Station and the Elizabeth St tram terminus,” Cr Doyle said.
The upgrade will include new street furniture and bluestone paving, better lighting, drainage improvements and more trees.
“We will do a treatment, like you see on Swanston St, with a broader footpath, trees planted, with street furniture, to make it a much more pedestrian friendly space,” he said.
The work started in June, with the eastern side works to get underway later in the year.
The construction works still allows northbound traffic to travel between Flinders St and Flinders Lane.
“The corner of Elizabeth St and Flinders St is one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the CBD, with 9300 people pounding the pavement per hour during the morning peak,” Cr Doyle said.
“We think it will be a wonderful uplift to what has been probably an ugly duckling intersection in the city.”