Streamlining Hoddle Street

We're making it quicker, easier and safer when you travel on Hoddle Street and Punt Road.

Hoddle Street Disruptions – May to June 2018

7 May 2018

  • Eastern Freeway FULL night closure outbound towards Doncaster on Sunday 20 May and Monday 21 May from 9:30pm until 6am each night.
  • Alexandra Parade Hoddle St slip lane towards Carlton closed from Sunday 13 May, works until late June
  • Eastern Freeway Hoddle Street exit ramp right-turn towards Clifton Hill closed until early June
  • Ongoing lane closures at night from now until mid-2018.

Read on for details

Eastern Freeway outbound night works, 20 and 21 May, 9:30pm to 6am

We’re moving some of the large light poles along the Eastern Freeway near the Hoddle Street entry. To do this, we need to fully close the Eastern Freeway outbound between Wellington Street and Chandler Highway over 2 nights.

When we do this, you won't be able to access the Eastern Freeway from Hoddle Street or Alexandra Parade, but there will be detours via:

  • Queens Parade
  • Heidelberg Road
  • Chandler Highway

When you approach the freeway from Hoddle Street, you can use Victoria Street, High Street, Princes Street then Chandler Highway.

Image of map showing Eastern Freeway closure outbound from Wellington Street to Chandler Highway and no entry from Hoddle Street


View a larger version of the Easter Freeway closure map

Alexandra Parade slip lane closure - works to late June

We’re working on the slip lane from Hoddle Street onto Alexandra Parade until late June.

We’re adding a barrier on the south-western corner of the Hoddle Street bridge that’ll help keep motorists and the bridge safe. We’ll dig down under the pavement and pour a concrete slab that extends under the road. To do this, we’ll need to dig too far into the lane to allow traffic through.

We aim to have this slip lane open by late June, if not sooner. We’ll add the barrier at the end of June. 

If you use this left turn lane, you can:

  • turn left early onto Johnston Street, right onto

Brunswick Street and make your way north

  • use the P-turn to turn right onto Johnston Street and make your way north
  • Go straight over the Hoddle Street bridge and use Queens Parade

Image of map showing closure of Alexandra Parade slip lane closure  

View a larger version of the Alexandra Parade slip lane closure

Ongoing night works

As part of our project, we need to strengthen Hoddle Street Bridge. This means there will be ongoing lane closures on the Eastern Freeway at night from now until mid-2018. While we complete these works, you’ll still be able to enter the freeway.

Project update - April 2018

April has been a big month for Hoddle Street.

From Monday 16 April, we ticked off some milestones and:

  • opened p-turns at the Johnston and Hoddle Street intersection
  • started new clearway times between the Eastern Freeway and the Yarra River 
  • moved our works from the centre-median to the outside edge of the road.


We’re making your journey on Hoddle Street quicker, easier and safer by changing the way you turn right at major intersections.

The first intersection to change is at Johnston and Hoddle Streets.

At this intersection, you’ll now do a p-turn to go right.

To go right from Hoddle Street onto Johnston Street at all times:

  • travel through the intersection
  • do a u-turn
  • and turn left.

To go right from Johnston Street onto Hoddle during peak times:

  • turn left
  • do a u-turn
  • and travel through the intersection.

You’ll see signs and markings on the road to help you travel through the intersection safely. You’ll no longer have to stop behind drivers waiting to turn right, peak hour queues will be cut, and you’ll get more ‘green time’ to be on your way.


We've started new and extended clearway times on Hoddle Street and Punt Road between the Eastern Freeway and the Yarra River.

The clearways give buses a mostly dedicated lane on these roads in the morning and afternoon peak periods north of Victoria Parade. The new clearway places and times are:

  • Eastern Freeway to Truro Street
    • Northbound, western side
      • 24/7 clearway
    • Southbound, eastern side
      • 24/7 clearway

  • Truro Street to Johnston Street
    • Northbound, western side
      • 24/7 clearway
    • Southbound, eastern side
      • Clearway and bus lane Monday to Friday, 6am to 10am 

  • Johnston Street to Vere Street
    • Northbound, western side
      • Clearway and bus lane Monday to Friday, 3:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Southbound, eastern side
      • Clearway and bus lane Monday to Friday, 6am to 10am
  • Vere Street to Victoria Parade
    • Northbound, western side
      • No clearway at this time
    • Southbound, eastern side
      • Clearway and bus lane Monday to Friday, 6am to 10am 

  • Victoria Parade to Yarra River
    • Northbound, western side
      • 24/7 clearway 
    • Southbound, eastern side
      • 24/7 clearway 

Everywhere – all existing No Stopping areas continue to stay in place.

You can view the clearways and their operating times on the map below.
map showing Streamlining Hoddle_New Clearway_small

View a larger version of the Clearways map {PDF 64Kb]

Hoddle Street night works

To help us finish works faster, we’ll do more night works and extra lane closures. 

Although we’ll make every effort to minimise it, unfortunately, we can’t avoid some noise-generating works at night. 

When possible, we’ll:

  • lock the Noone Street yard from 10pm to 6am.
  • use noise absorbing mats to minimise construction noise. 

If you have problems with noise at any time during works, including out of hours, please call us on (03) 9811 8266.  

Eastern Freeway exit ramp lane closure

We're upgrading the safety barriers on the Eastern Freeway exit ramp.  To do this we've closed the right-hand turn lane from the Eastern Freeway exit ramp towards Clifton Hill until early June. 

If you plan to travel north towards Clifton Hill, you can:

  • exit the freeway earlier at Chandler Highway
  • continue on Alexandra Parade and make your way north
  • turn left onto Hoddle Street and do a u-turn. 

 Map showing Hoddle St Collateral_Easter Fwy Closure

View a larger version of the Hoddle Street Eastern Freeway exit ramp lane closure map [PDF  69Kb]

Hoddle Street pedestrian crossing 

In March we closed the Studley Street pedestrian crossing after we found a small amount of asbestos on site. The area is now safe and there are no health or safety risks to you if you’re walking, cycling or living in the area. 

In May, we’ll open a new, permanent pedestrian crossing between Peters Lane and Yarra Street. Until then, if you want to cross Hoddle Street on foot or by bike, you’ll need to cross either at Vere Street overpass or the Johnston Street traffic lights. 

View the map below for details.

 map showing Hoddle St collateral Pedestrian Detour

View a larger version of Hoddle Street pedestrian crossing at Studley Street closed [PDF 88Kb] 

Managing the environment

To work on the area around the Eastern Freeway for the third on-ramp lane, we’re removing:

  • some vegetation on the embankment between the ramp and the Eastern Freeway. 
  • trees and shrubs from the median on the Eastern Freeway under Hoddle Street. 

As part of landscaping at the end of the project, we’ll replant more than 3 times the number of trees we need to remove.

Swan Street intersection

Until mid-2018, there will be single lane closures with 1 lane open at a slower speed at the intersection of Punt Road and Swan Street.  We're carrying out underground service investigations and surveying works between 8:30pm and 5am.

Project background

When you travel along and across Hoddle Street and Punt Road, you’re one of 330,000 people who use it every day. 

It’s the busiest arterial road in Melbourne and links the Monash, Eastern and Westgate Freeways. It’s also a vital public transport hub with links to trains, trams, and buses, as well as access to nearby cycling routes. 

We’re using innovative intersection designs and new technology to make your journey along Hoddle Street and Punt Road better. Ane we're making sure all road space in the area moves people around our city. 

One of our major project design initiatives is to use the principles of continuous flow at the Swan Street and Punt Road intersection.

What is continuous flow? 

Continuous flow reduces the long queues and delays you experience when other drivers turn right. 

Currently, right turns take up to 40% of green time at the Swan Street and Punt Road intersection during peak hours. If you want who want to travel straight through intersections, you get stuck at red lights when right-turns get green time. This means traffic queues can grow up to a kilometre long. 

With continuous flow, when you travel south on Punt Road and turn right onto Olympic Boulevard, you’ll have a new, dedicated right-turn lane. This means drivers on Swan Street can continue traveling through the intersection while you make your turn.

Changing the way you turn right will reduce the delays and queues along Punt Road and give you more 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. 

About the project

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

Hoddle Street and Punt Road will work better and smarter, with the Victorian Government’s $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


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

Punt Road and Swan Street : 

  • More green time for you when travelling along Punt Road via 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, scattering pedestrians better after events and servicing recreational walkers and joggers.

  • Dedicated, protected cycling lanes on Swan Street and Olympic Boulevard (in both directions).

  • New side platform tram stop on Swan Street and the creation of safer and DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant shelters with passenger information displays.

  • Bus lanes to give the 246 route a head start through the intersection.

  • New bus stops located on the footpaths, the southbound 246 bus stop now connecting better with Richmond Station.

  • Removal of slip lanes so you have larger and safer spaces to wait.

  • Banned  right turns 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 to better accommodate the dispersion of pedestrians after events, and to service recreational walkers and joggers 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:

  • Extra green time at peak hour when you’re travelling along and across Hoddle Street (see map for details).
  • All right turns will be made via p-turns.
  • Two new p-turn intersections on Hoddle Street along with 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 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:

  • Additional third traffic lane onto the Eastern Freeway heading east, to get you off Hoddle Street quicker.
  • Free flowing bus lane off the Eastern Freeway, so the DART service will only 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]

In September 2017, we proposed to implement 24/7 clearways in both directions 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 visited all impacted businesses and residents, and asked for feedback about this proposal. Over 40 formal submissions were received and 450 parking surveys were completed during this time. We’d like to thank you for the taking the time to help us understand what’s important to you. 

Here’s a snapshot of what we heard:

  • The majority of concerns were from businesses on the east side of Hoddle Street, about the impacts this proposal would have on customer and staff parking 
  • Many businesses had concerns about the short timeframe being proposed which did not provide enough time to plan ahead to adapt to the changes
  • We heard concerns about how loading and deliveries would take place
  • Some people questioned whether current bus use was high enough to need 24/7 bus lanes
  • There is already a lack of parking in the general area.

We’ve considered your feedback and have revised our proposal. When the Streamlining Hoddle Street project is complete in 2018, clearway operating times will be:

Hoddle Street: Between the Eastern Freeway and Victoria Parade, clearways will provide a dedicated bus lane in the morning and afternoon peak periods. Car parking will remain outside of these times. The clearways will only operate:

  • On the east side between 6am and 10am 
  • On the west side between 3.30pm and 7.30pm. 

Hoddle Street: 24/7 clearways between Bridge Road and Victoria Parade, in both directions
Punt Road: 24/7 clearways between the Yarra River and Bridge Road, in both directions
Swan Street: 24/7 clearway between Punt Road and Stewart Street, in both directions

This map details these new clearway operating times.

map showing Streamlining Hoddle_New Clearway_small

View a larger version of the Clearways map [PDF 64Kb]

We’ll get in touch with you again closer to the implementation date to remind you of these changes and we’ll continue working with businesses that require loading and delivery zones, as well as those who require accessible parking near their property. 

Project benefits

When the project is complete, your journey will be quicker, easier and safer. No matter how you travel along Hoddle Street, you’ll:

  • enjoy better and more reliable travel times
  • experience better priority for public transport
  • have better local access for all modes of transport 
  • benefit from better transport connections for jobs and opportunities in inner Melbourne and the CBD
  • benefit from improved links for freight with major destinations across greater Melbourne
  • benefit from improved safety and a decrease in serious crashes.


Contact us

Call us: 9811 8266 

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

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


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.

Our project hub will be open every Wednesday in 2018 between 11am and 2pm

Location: Project hub, 2 Swan Street
Cremorne (Cnr Swan St & Punt Rd)

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

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