An 800-metre stretch of St Kilda Road will be cut to one lane in each direction from Wednesday as construction of the new Anzac Station begins. It’s one of five stations being built as part of the Metro Tunnel Project.

A section of St Kilda Road from the Shrine of Remembrance to Toorak Road will be affected by lane closures for the next four years.

As reported by the Age, the State Government said on Monday that trams along St Kilda Road will “mostly operate as normal” over the construction period, while pedestrian and cycling access will remain unchanged.

Commuters are advised to allow up to 15 minutes’ extra travel time during the construction period or seek alternative routes, such as along Kings Way, Queens Road, Ferrars Street and Beaconsfield Parade.

The St Kilda Road works will also result in the removal of nearly 100 trees, which are due to be removed despite the area being heritage listed last year.

The Domain Interchange tram stop will also be demolished in the development. Grattan Street near Melbourne University and Parkville’s hospital precinct will also be affected by the project. They will close altogether for the next five years, starting Monday.

The Grattan Street and Parkville closures mean there will be temporary changes to cycling and pedestrian access during construction. These will be advised when works commence.

The $11 billion project will result in a new rail line underneath Melbourne’s CBD.

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