The City of Melbourne will continue vital work to install permanent security measures at Flinders Street Station and Princes Bridge next week, as part of the Victorian Government’s $50 million CBD security upgrade project.

Stage two and three works at Flinders Street Station will begin on Wednesday 9 January, while works on Princes Bridge will begin on Monday 14 January.

Stage one of the Flinders Street works was completed in December 2018 and included the installation of 33 bollards and the removal of a traffic lane onto Flinders Street. The next stages include:

– Installing 20 bollards and an eight-metre barrier;

– Expanding the pedestrian crossing from Flinders Street Station to Young & Jackson by four metres;

– Completing the 130 square metre Flinders Street Station forecourt expansion.

City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said once complete, the Flinders Street Station works would significantly improve safety and amenity.

“These works will not only provide vital security measures but will improve access to one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in our city, used by 25,000 people during peak times every day,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We’ve planned the next stages of works to help minimise disruption, and we want to thank Melburnians in advance for their patience while we undertake this work.”

Stage two and three works will take place primarily at night, between 8pm and 6am. The pedestrian crossing will remain open throughout the works, other than on the nights of 9-10 and 14-15 January.

The westbound traffic lane on Flinders Street will also be closed on those nights, along with a single northbound lane on Swanston Street. Traffic management will help detour motorists and cyclists.

Upgrades to Princes Bridge include replacing the temporary water filled barriers with 88 reinforced barriers.

“As well as keeping people safe, a high priority for Princes Bridge is ensuring we maintain its significant heritage value,” the Lord Mayor said.

“These barriers have been designed in consultation with Heritage Victoria and heritage architects as well as Victoria Police and security experts.”

The work will be divided between the west and east sides, beginning on the west side between January and March, and the east side between March and April.

During this time the footpath will be completely closed, with pedestrians redirected to the opposite side of the bridge.

West side works will take place during the day between 9am and 4.30pm during January, and between 9.30am and 4.30pm between February and March.

The bicycle lane will be closed during the west side day works, with cyclists to share the road with motorists. Traffic management measures including reduced speed limits will be put in place to ensure cyclists safety.

The bicycle lane will be opened during AM and PM peak hours and overnight.

For more information on the CBD security upgrade project, visit Melbourne Security Upgrade.