Streamlining Hoddle Street

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

About the project

Stage 1 of the Streamlining Hoddle Street project will transform the way you move along and across Hoddle Street and Punt Road.  

Hoddle Street and Punt Road will be working better and smarter, with the Victorian Government providing $60 million to upgrade the intersections of:  

  • Eastern Freeway and Hoddle Street
  • Johnston Street and Hoddle Street
  • Brunton Avenue and Punt Road
  • Swan Street and Punt Road

Project update - September 2017 

We’ve now finalised the intersection designs and are ready to begin construction at the end of this year. You can read more about how we developed the designs with commuters, residents, business owners and representatives from key groups on our engageVicRoads (External link) .  Thanks to everyone who provided feedback, your local knowledge and input has played a critical role in improving the designs to better meet the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, residents, traders, public transportusers and drivers. 

Read our Streamlining Hoddle Street brochure – September 2017 (PDF 647Kb]

Punt Road and Swan Street : 

  • Giving more green time to people travelling along Punt Road by changing the way right turns are made (see map for details about new turning arrangements).
  • New pedestrian path under Richmond Station rail bridge on the western side of Punt Road, better accommodating the dispersion of pedestrians after events and recreational walkers and joggers.
  • Dedicated, protected cycling lane on Swan Street and Olympic Boulevard (in both directions).
  • New, side platform tram stop on Swan Street to accommodate both directions of travel – safer, DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant with new shelters and passenger information displays.
  • Bus queue jump lanes to give the 246 a head start through the intersection.
  • New bus stops located on the footpaths, with the southbound 246 bus stop now connecting better with Richmond Station.
  • Removal of slip lanes so people have larger and safer spaces to wait.
  • Banned the right turn from Olympic Boulevard southbound into Punt Road.

This intersection is where we’re applying the principles of continuous flow. Watch this video (External link)to see how it will work.

Image - Swan Street intersection

View Punt Road and Swan Street  design [JPEG 2.7Mb]

Punt Road and Brunton Avenue intersection:

  • New pedestrian path under Richmond Station rail bridge on the western side of Punt Road, better accommodating the dispersion of pedestrians after events and recreational walkers and joggers and connecting with Brunton Avenue.
  • New pedestrian crossing on Brunton Avenue to provide better and safer connection with MCG and Yarra Park.
  • Removal of a left turn lane into Brunton Avenue.
  • Removal of a right turn lane into Punt Road from Brunton Avenue.

Image - Brunton Ave intersection

View Brunton Avenue and Punt Road intersection design [JPEG 1.6Mb]

Johnston Street and Hoddle Street intersection:

  • Giving extra green time in the peak periods to people travelling along and across Hoddle Street by changing the way right turns are made (see map for details).
  • All right turns will be made via p-turns.
  • Two new p-turn intersections will be built on Hoddle Street to cater for p-turns and will also be new pedestrian crossing points.
  • Upgraded cycling connection at Truro Street.
  • Wider footpaths and shorter crossing distances across Hoddle Street.
  • New open space bus stop precinct at the north west corner of the intersection with new, modern bus stops.
  • Dedicated bus lanes for the DART and 246 service from the Eastern Freeway to Victoria Parade.

Image - Hoddle and Johnston Streets

View Hoddle Street and Johnston Street intersection design [JPEG 1.9Mb]

Eastern Freeway and Hoddle Street intersection:

  • Adding a third additional traffic lane onto the Eastern Freeway ramp out of the city to get more people off Hoddle Street quicker.
  • Free flowing bus lane off the Eastern Freeway, so the DART service will only ever have to stop for pedestrians.
  • Dedicated bus lanes for the DART and 246 services from the Eastern Freeway to Victoria Parade.
  • New shared use paths on either side of Hoddle Street for better connection into Clifton Hill.

Image - Hoddle Street and Eastern Freeway

View Hoddle Street and Eastern Freeway conneciton design [JPEG 1.7Mb]

As part of the Streamlining Hoddle Street project, we’re proposing to make changes to car parking and extend clearway operating times along the following sections of road:

  • Hoddle Street: from the Eastern Freeway to Bridge Road.
  • Punt Road: from Bridge Road to the Yarra River.
  • Swan Street: between Punt Road and Lennox Street.

We propose to operate clearways along these sections of road for 24 hours, 7 days a week, in both directions. View to find out more about the proposal or how to make a submission [PDF 412Kb]

We know some businesses rely on having areas to load and unload large goods into delivery and customer vehicles. We also know people may require safe, disabled parking access in the area. 

If you or your business has specific parking needs, we want to understand them, so please complete our survey either when we visit you or online .  We’ll work closely with businesses and residents and use this information to identify where we may need to develop solutions for loading and delivery, disabled parking access or changes to parking in the area surrounding these sections of road.

Last year, we implemented 24/7 clearways along Punt Road from Alexandra Avenue to Union Street which have halved travel times on weekends and reduced the delays experienced outside of peak times. 

We’ve since received feedback about extending clearways along the remaining section of the Hoddle Street-Punt Road corridor and are now consulting on clearways from the Eastern Freeway to the Yarra River, and on Swan Street, from Punt Road to Lennox Street.

We’ll start works at the northern end of Hoddle Street, at Johnston Street and the Eastern Freeway at the end of this year. We’ll be getting as much work done as possible during the Christmas and January holidays while traffic volumes are low. 

After the Australian Open, we’ll look to start works at the Punt Road and Swan Street intersection and expect the upgrades to be finished before the end of 2018. 

We’re currently determining the best way to complete the works with as little disruption as possible; however with hundreds of thousands of people using the corridor every day, there will be disruption for all modes of transport and to locals during construction. 

It’s likely we’ll need to close one lane in each direction when we do construction works on Hoddle Street –between the Eastern Freeway and Stanton Street.

The vast majority of these works will occur overnight when we’ll be able to close more than one lane at a time. For the safety of construction workers, you won’t see as much work happening during the day on Hoddle Street.

We’ll be working closely with businesses and residents in the area during this time. 

We want to keep you up to date about these disruptions, so if you use the corridor, or are a local resident or business, we encourage you to sign up to our mailing list to receive project updates, detour routes and disruption notifications.

Project background

Every day 330,000 people are moving along and across Hoddle Street and Punt Road in cars, buses, trams and on bikes. 

It’s the busiest arterial road in metropolitan Melbourne, linking the Monash, Eastern and Westgate freeways. It also provides vital public transport links including to trains, trams, bus routes, and access to nearby cycling corridors. 

To improve your journey along Hoddle Street and Punt Road, we’re using innovative intersection designs, new technology and making sure all road space is dedicated to moving people around our city. 

We’re using the principles of continuous flow at the Swan Street and Punt Road intersection.

What is continuous flow? 

Continuous flow is used to reduce the long queues and delays caused by right turning vehicles. 

Currently, up to 40% of green time at the Swan Street and Punt Road intersection can be taken up by right turns in the peak hours.  When this green time is given to right turns, people who want to travel straight through an intersection are stuck at the red light and traffic queues can grow up to a kilometre long. 

By using continuous flow here, people travelling south on Punt Road and wanting to turn right into Olympic Boulevard will have a new, dedicated lane to turn into, meaning vehicles on Swan Street can continue flowing while they make their right turn.

Changing the way people make this right turn will reduce the delays and queues along Punt Road and instead give them more green time to travel through the intersection.

Watch our video to see how we’re using continuous flow at the intersection of Punt Road and Swan Street.

Benefits

  • 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
  • provide improved local access for all modes 
  • improved safety and decrease in serious crashes.

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)

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.

 

We want to keep you up to date, so if you use Hoddle Street and Punt Road, or are a local resident or business, sign up to receive project updates and disruption notifications.   

Your contact details

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Meet with us

We’re popping up at local events over the coming months, so if you see us out in the area, come and have a chat. We’ll be able to talk you through the new designs, answer any questions and provide you with more information.

Date: Sunday 15 October  
Time: 2pm – 4pm

Date
: Wednesday 22 November 
Time: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Saturday 25 November
Time: 9am - 11am 

LocationProject hub, 2 Swan Street
Cremorne
(Cnr Swan St & Punt Rd)

The project hub will also be open every Wednesday in 2017 between 11am and 2pm.


 

Project timeline
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
)
2015 Business case development with community and stakholders
Completed
April 2016 Stage 1 - Streamlining Hoddle Street funded Completed
Mid 2017 Design development with community and stakeholders
Current
Monday 4 Sept 2017 Clearways consultation begins 
Current
Sunday 5 Nov 2017 Clearways consultation ends Current
Late 2017 Clearways begins Upcoming
Late 2018 Project complete Upcoming

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