Beginning on Monday November 12, 53 permanent steel bollards will be installed in front of Flinders Street Station. It’s great news for pedestrians – the works will add 130 square metres of footpath space – but motorists will have less room to move.
The northbound left-turn-only lane from Swanston Street into Flinders Street will be removed. Left-turners will have to share a lane with drivers turning right. The dedicated right-turning lane will remain.
During the upgrade, the pedestrian crossing between Flinders Street Station and Federation Square will close temporarily. Pedestrians will be able to access the Federation Square and Swanston Street tram stop via alternative crossings.
Most of the construction work will happen at night, but the City of Melbourne is advising drivers planning to travel through the affected stretch of Flinders Street to allow extra time for their journey, as some daytime works will be required.
The works are part of a $50 million CBD security upgrade project. The bollards are being added as part of a large-scale project to improve public safety. Permanent barriers are being erected at eight other locations.
As part of the project, more than 30 new cameras will be added to the current CCTV network, and a public-address system for emergencies will also be installed.
Stage one of the Flinders Street Station works are due to begin Monday November 12 and continue until mid December. Stages two and three are planned for early 2019.
In 2019, one westbound lane on Flinders Street (between Russell and Swanston streets) will be closed to accommodate construction on Town Hall Station.