Local businesses on Flinders and Degraves streets can expect a challenging few years ahead, with one side of Flinders St to close to traffic for up to three years as part of construction of the new Town Hall Metro railway station.
Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan announced the extended closure on July 21, which will enable major work to start building the new interchange under Flinders St, between Swanston and Degraves streets.
From September 2, both eastbound lanes on Flinders St will be closed between Elizabeth and Swanston streets.
Trams will continue to run in both directions throughout, except for a six-day period from October 2-7, when major construction will be carried out close to the tram network. The footpath will also remain open along Flinders St past Degraves St.
A new pedestrian crossing will also be established to the west of Degraves St to enable pedestrians to cross to the south side of Flinders St and maintain access to the tram stop.
Pedestrian and vehicle access will also be maintained for local businesses and residents, and loading bays will be available east of Elizabeth St for deliveries and drop-offs. Jacinta Allan said the full footpath on Flinders St was expected to re-open to pedestrians in late 2020.
“We know how disruptive this major construction will be so we’re doing everything we can to minimise disruptions and impacts on local residents, businesses and people visiting the city,” Ms Allan said.