Streamlining Hoddle Street

This project will improve the movement of people along and across the Hoddle Street and Punt Road.

The Victorian Government has committed $60 million to upgrade four key intersections along Hoddle Street and Punt Road, including Swan Street, Brunton Avenue, Johnston Street, and the Eastern Freeway.

Project update - June 2017 

Having incorporated advice from our key stakeholders and the community, the final designs are nearing completion. We look forward to reporting back to the community with design and construction updates over the coming months.

You can also read about the feedback we received following consultation from July – September 2016, on the four intersection concept designs.

Read more about what we heard, and what we're doing here - Streamlining Hoddle Street - Design Update Report, March 2017 [PDF 1.4MB] 

We'd like to thank all of those who participated in this process or got in touch with us to discuss the project in more detail. Your local knowledge and feedback will play a critical role in improving the designs to better meet the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, residents, traders, public transport users and operators and motorists.

We recently took some drone footage of the events precinct. Check it out

Project background

Every day, about 130,000 people journey along the busiest part of Hoddle Street. Most of these people are using public transport and private vehicles, which adds up to around 1000 buses and 90,000 vehicles a day. The number is even higher for people wanting to cross Hoddle Street, with approximately 200,000 people (half of which are travelling by public transport).

Improving the many intersections between the Eastern and Monash freeways will create a safer and more reliable experience for everyone using this important inner-Melbourne road.

Investigations begin  Early 2015
Project development (including stakeholder and community consultation) Throughout 2015
Business case presented to Government Early 2016
Victorian Government funding April 2016
Finalise design (including stakeholder and community consultation) Mid 2017
Construction begins Late 2017

About the project

To improve your journey along the Hoddle Street – Punt Road Corridor, we’re using the principles of continuous flow at the Swan Street and Punt Road intersection, and upgrading the Brunton Avenue, Eastern Freeway and Johnston Street intersections to ensure better traffic flow and increased safety for all road users, including trams, buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Hoddle Street -Punt Road corridor is the only major north-south arterial route available to commuters that bypasses the central business district, encouraging through traffic away from local roads and activity centres such as Chapel Street in South Yarra and Victoria Street in Richmond.

It also provides vital transport links across travel modes including trains, trams, bus route 246, and access to nearby cycling corridors. The corridor connects Melbourne’s major freeways including the Eastern, Monash, Westgate and City Link.

Additionally, the Hoddle Street – Punt Road corridor carries immense social and economic importance, connecting Victorians to employment opportunities, health services, entertainment, retail centres and education services.

The Swan Street intersection is an ideal place to pilot the concepts of continuous flow because of the complex interactions between trams, cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians. The design will also help to manage the large amount of cars trying to turn right from Punt Road to Olympic Boulevard.

View how continuous flow is being explored at the Swan Street and Punt Road intersection for stage one of the project on YouTube (External link)


  • increased movement of people along and across Hoddle Street
  • better connection for people with jobs and opportunities in inner Melbourne and the CBD
  • links people and freight with key destinations across greater Melbourne
  • improved public transport priority
  • better travel times and reliability for all transport modes
  • more reliable travel time information for all road users
  • provides improved local access for all modes 
  • improved safety and decrease in serious crashes.

Contact us

Write: Streamlining Hoddle Street
Level 4, 1 Spring Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

For information in languages other than English, please call (03) 9280 0783.

August 2015

  1. What is the ‘Streamlining Hoddle Street’ initiative?
    ‘Streamlining Hoddle Street’ is an initiative from the Victorian Government’s 'Project 10,000' commitment to explore a range of innovative ideas to improve the journey times and reliability for all road users who journey along and/or across Hoddle Street, whilst also improving safety and amenity.
  2. When will work start and what will it involve?
    VicRoads is leading the project and started investigations in early 2015 with the view to creating a business case by early 2016. The work will involve development of engineering concepts and designs, estimation of costs, consultation with stakeholders and the community, and evaluation of all options to select a preferred solution.
  3. How will the community be involved?
    As part of its investigations VicRoads will be working with the community and key stakeholders to understand current issues for the Hoddle Street-Punt Road corridor. An online consultation and mapping tool will be available to capture community issues and concerns. Community feedback will be used to inform VicRoads in its investigations and help raise issues that will lead to short to medum term improvements for the corridor. VicRoads will also work with councils and other key stakeholders.
  4. How is it different to the Hoddle Street Study?
    The 2009 Hoddle Street Study had a long term focus for the corridor (beyond 10 years). This initiative will investigate what can be implemented now to improve operations for all road users who either travel along or across Hoddle Street and Punt Road. This initiative will involve looking at a broad range of options that can be implemented in the interim period. Consideration will be given to trialling the use of innovative intersections currently used overseas. 
  5. Will clearways be removed?
    The operation and extent of clearways will be assessed as part of the investigation prior to determine whether changes are made to existing clearways.
  6. Will there be improvements to public transport priority?
    Improving public transport operations is a key objective of the study. Public transport priority measures will be incorporated as part of the development of concept options. Improving public transport travel times and reliability is important as it will encourage more people to use it instead of private vehicles resulting in less traffic on the road.
  7. How many cars use Hoddle Street?
    Hoddle Street is a major north-south arterial linking the Eastern and Monash Freeways. Around 130,000 people travel along Hoddle Street every day, including 1,000 buses and 90,000 vehicles. On top of that, approximately 200,000 people travel across Hoddle Street on intersecting roads every day, with around half of these travelling by public transport. The busiest sections of Hoddle Street carry approximately 90,000 vehicles.
  8. When will works begin and how long will works take?
    VicRoads is preparing a business case for Government to consider in early 2016. Initital works and detailed planning could commence as early as July 2016 subject to the funding in the May 2016 budget.
  9. How much of a difference will it make?
    This initiative aims to improve public transport priority, provide road users with more reliable journey times and a safer road environment for all road users. Exact calculations are still being investigated.
  10. What is the crash risk?
    The risk of casualty crashes on Hoddle Street is about 50% higher than for comparable arterial roads.
  11. What kind of treatments will be considered?
    VicRoads will investigate innovative solutions and network management strategies including:
    • Continuous flow intersections;
    • Better utilisation of its computerised traffic management systems;
    • Revised operations at intersections;
    • Priority measures for public transport;
    • Providing additional lanes at bottleneck locations.
  12. What is a continuous flow intersection?
    A continuous flow intersection enables more vehicles to travel through an intersection compared to conventional intersections. This is achieved by relocating right turning lanes to remove the delays caused by right turning vehicles.
  13. Will this project consider community feedback from the previous Hoddle Street Study?
    The project team will consider all community and stakeholder feedback received through the Hoddle Street Study investigation of 2009. This feedback will be used alongside further community and stakeholder engagement as part of this initiative. 

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