Royal Parade disruptions for bikes

Work starting on a major water main project along Royal Parade will impact on city-bound riders from Monday week.

Greater Western Water is installing a new water main along Royal Parade between Princes Park and Genetics Lane at Melbourne University over the next five months.

The existing main – installed in 1899 – is located under the southbound on-road bike lane along Royal Parade, requiring the bike lane to be closed while works are underway.

Contractors are using a ’slip-lining’ methodology which leaves the old pipe in place, sliding a new pipe inside of the old one. This minimises the amount of excavation and minimises impact to bike traffic.

Bike riders will be detoured around local worksites using the off-road trail along Princes Park.

The project will be delivered for Greater Western Water by Fulton Hogan and Interflow.

From Monday 22 May, construction will start on Royal Parade at the north end of the city-bound service lane near Park Street:

  • Works will be underway during the day between 9.30am and 8pm along Royal Parade.
  • Sections of the service lane, including the bicycle lane, will need to be closed in stages during construction working hours.
  • There will be reduced on-street parking at all times.
  • Driveways will remain accessible.
  • Bus stops along the service lane will be impacted and relocated to tram stops.

At some locations in the university precinct, bicycles will be diverted off the road and on to the footpath and people may be required to walk their bikes through work zones.

Traffic management and signage will be in place to assist riders, drivers, pedestrians and tram travellers.

There will be localised full time occupation of car parking in the service lane for construction equipment, materials (located just south of the Inner Circle Rail Trail to the north of Ievers Street) and the site compound (located just north of Walker Street).

There will also be works occurring in Princes Park near the intersection of Bowen Crescent and Holtom Street West.

These works will occur between 7:00am and 5:00pm along Bowen Crescent.