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Flinders Street Overpass

On 1 October 2003, the State Government announced its commitment to revitalise the western end of the CBD.

The removal of the Flinders Street overpass will open up the south-western corner of Melbourne's CBD and improve the safety and local amenity of the area.

Works associated with removing the Flinders Street overpass will be completed by the end of 2005, and will include:
  • Removal of the Flinders Street overpass
  • A new signalised intersection at Flinders and King Streets, with provision for right hand turn lanes
  • Platform tram stops along Flinders Street at the intersections of Spencer, King and Market Streets, to allow passengers to move onto the tram at the same height as the tram floor.


View of the future Flinders Street / King Street intersection looking west.

Benefits of removing the overpass include:
  • Stimulating new growth and investment in the south-western part of the CBD and in particular, the Melbourne Aquarium.
  • Improving links to existing destinations on both sides of the Yarra River.
  • Improving pedestrian facilities, making it easier and more accessible to get to and across the River.
  • Improving public safety through a more open, planned and visually enhanced environment.
  • Improving access to public transport along the western end of Flinders Street.
  • Improving car access to the CBD with the provision of right turn lanes on the approaches to the new Flinders/King intersection.

Project Progress
The area surrounding the Flinders Street overpass has long been regarded as an unattractive and under-utilised site. The removal of the overpass is a key part of revitalising the western end of the CBD, by opening up the area, making it more inviting to pedestrians, tourists and public transport users.

The contract to remove the overpass has been awarded to FRH Group Pty Ltd, and includes design and construction of a new signalised intersection at Flinders Street and King Street, and new tram tracks and improved tram stops between Spencer Street and Queen Street.

Work along Flinders Street between Spencer Street and Market Street will begin in May 2005, with completion scheduled by the end of 2005.

Traffic Arrangements
While the project is underway, there will be changes to traffic conditions in and around Flinders Street.

King Street and Flinders Street will remain open to traffic, except for some planned weekend work to remove the existing bridge and to complete some major intersection and tram works.

Some lane closures will be necessary and reduced speed limits will apply while work is underway between May and December 2005.

Motorists are advised to seek an alternative route or allow extra time in their journey when travelling along Flinders Street between Spencer and Market Street.

Alternative Routes
There will be intersection improvements and increased signing on alternative routes to assist motorists to access the CBD during the Flinders Street works. Details of the alternative route will be available on this website.

Public Transport Services
Tram services on routes 48, 70 and 75 and the City Circle Tram will temporarily terminate in Flinders Street at Market Street (from the east) and Spencer Street (from the west) for the duration of the project.

A replacement tram service running via Market Street, Flinders Lane, William Street, Bourke Street and LaTrobe Street to the Docklands will operate during this time.

For further information on tram services please contact Yarra Trams, telephone 1800 800 166 or visit www.yarratrams.com.au.

Keeping you up to date
An information evening will be held on Tuesday 19th April 2005 to allow those interested to find out more about the project. For further information please register your interest by emailing [email protected].

If you would like to receive email updates outlining project progress and on traffic arrangements, please email your name and contact details to [email protected].

For further information please contact the Flinders Street Project Information Line on 1800 77 66 22.

Last updated on 6/04/2005
 

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I want a lolly pop!
 

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Why build an overpass then put traffic lights there anyway? Idiots!
 

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New buildings go right up against the footpath on Flinders Street, no gap between the edge of the footpath (property boundary) and the new buildings that go up.

There's no setback on Queen or Collins Streets here:



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Having walked under that overpass on my way to an interview on my first day in Melbourne - the whole area gave me a bad impression - it's good that they've torn it down.

BTW Is it actually finished yet - I know they'd taken half the bridge down a few weeks back!
 

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I agree, the removal of the bridge has opened up the whole area. Once the roadworks are complete, it will look even more amazing. Now all we need is a redevelopment of the old Fishmarket site and the extension of the Aquarium.
 
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