The two eastbound lanes on Flinders Street will be closed between Elizabeth and Swanston streets to build an interchange between Flinders Street Station and the new Town Hall metro station as part of the Metro Tunnel Project. The closures will start on September 2.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan announced the extended closure yesterday. The news comes on top of an announcement in August last year that a westbound Flinders Street lane would close between Russell and Swanston streets for up to four years.

Trams will still run in both directions along Flinders Street – except from October 2 to 7, 2019, when they will close for major construction work along the tram network.

The footpath will remain open along Flinders Street past Degraves Street and to the station construction site. A new pedestrian crossing will be set up to the west of Degraves Street to allow people to get to the tram stop on the south side of Flinders Street. The full footpath is expected to reopen in late 2020.

Pedestrian and vehicle access during the closures will be permitted for local businesses and residents.

Flashing variable message signs will guide pedestrians and motorists to alternative routes during the disruptions.

For road users who use these routes regularly, it’s wise to plan ahead to find alternate routes for the next three years, or use public transport.

The state government says the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project will allow for more than half a million additional passengers a week to commute across Melbourne’s train network during its peak periods. It is due to be completed in 2025.

More information here.