Everything you need to know about St Kilda Road disruptions

As the Metro tunnel project digs through to its newest stop, Anzac station, there will be major changes to your daily commute, adding to a long list of delays experienced by Melburnians during the "Spring blitz" construction period.

Whether you're walking, riding, catching public transport or driving a car, you can expect to see 24-hour disruptions near St Kilda Road starting on Sunday.

The trams will be the hardest hit, with changes to eight different routes planned for the rest of October, including routes 3, 5, 16, 64, 67 and 72.

The realignment comes as part of the state government's "Blitz", which has seen works progress on the Metro tunnel and other key transport projects across Victoria.

Department of Transport boss Jeroen Weimar thanked Victorians for their patience.

"We have made great progress on work that will shape the the transport network of the future,” he said.

Rail Project Victoria director of development Peter Wilkinson talked to the benefits of the newest station.

“Anzac Station will significantly improve access to the St Kilda Road precinct and key Melbourne landmarks such as the Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanic Gardens, while also reducing pressure on the road and tram network to the south of the CBD,” Mr Wilkinson said in a statement.

There will also be road closures and changes to bicycle lanes so we've compiled a list here for your convenience but always remember to check or for live updates.

Buses replacing trams: October 13

  • Route 1 trams are unaffected.
  • Buses replace Route 3/3a, 16, 64 and 67 trams between Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance and Stop 30 Street Kilda Junction.
  • Buses replace Route 6 trams between Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance and Glen Iris, diverting around the work zone in High Street.
  • Buses replace Route 58 trams between Stop 119 Wells Street and Stop 123 Fawkner Park.
  • Buses replace Route 72 trams between Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance and Stop 26 Alfred Hospital.

October 14 - 27

  • Route 1 trams are unaffected.
  • Buses replace Route 3/3a, 5, 16, 64 and 67 trams between Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance and Stop 25 Commercial Road.
  • Buses replace Route 6 trams between Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance and Glen Iris, diverting around the work zone in High Street. Please note, bus diversions will differ throughout the various stages of work in High Street.
  • Buses replace Route 58 trams between Stop 119 Wells Street and Stop 123 Fawkner Park.
  • Buses replace Route 72 trams between Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance and Stop 26 Alfred Hospital.

October 27

  • Buses replace Route 67 trams between Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance and Stop 30 Street Kilda Junction.

Traffic:

Southbound

  • No right-hand turns from Street Kilda Road into Leopold and Arthur Streets – cars will have to turn left instead and U-turn where safe.
  • Queens Road can be used as an alternative to Street Kilda Road.

Northbound

  • No right-hand turns from Street Kilda Road into Slater and Armadale Streets.

Road closures

  • Park Street access to Street Kilda Road will be closed at Wells Street with traffic diverted along Wells Street.
  • Access beyond this diversion will only be available to local traffic, including residents of the Hallmark.
  • The left turn from Street Kilda Road into Park Street will remain open.
  • The right turn from Park Street into the Hallmark driveway will be temporarily opened while trams are not operating.

Cycling lane changes

Southbound:

  • Tram replacement buses will take up the outer lanes of Street Kilda Road between Coventry Street and Dorcas Street.
  • Cyclists will have the option to stay on the single lane of traffic along Street Kilda Road with no bike lane.
  • Alternatively, cyclists can use the shared user path that runs adjacent to the Shrine grounds.

Northbound:

  • The cycle lane on Street Kilda road next to Albert Reserve will be occupied during construction so cyclists can stay in the single lane of traffic through this section.
  • Alternatively, cyclists can detour down Albert Road South, dismount and walk the bike 40m through Albert Reserve, and resume cycling on Street Kilda Road via Albert Road North.

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