Disruptions to road, kerb and trams on Swanston St

Due to a range of roadworks, powerline renewals, tram stop works and kerb upgrades, there will be significant disruptions for patients on Swanston Street throughout February. There will be a full road closure in some sections of Swanston Street between Victoria and Elgin streets and 24-hour tramline works will also take place.

What’s happening?

Yarra Trams is conducting work on the tram stop in front of the hospital. Some of the works will cause detours for cyclists, pedestrians and traffic.

Kerb upgrades will also be conducted. Hoarding will be placed near the footpath in front of the main entrance and a walkway will be provided for pedestrians.

  • Track works: 9pm Friday 2 February to 5am Friday 23 February (24-hour works).
  • Tram powerline works: 7am to 7pm, Saturday 3 February to Thursday 22 February.

What alternative routes are available?

No trams will be available along the Swanston St route – alternative options include:
  • to access the hospital from the north, commuters will need to disembark from Route 1 and 6 trams at Stop 113 Lytton St/Lygon St.
  • to access the hospital from the south, commuters can take Route 6 to Stop 7 RMIT University, or Routes 5, 16, and 72 to Stop 8 Melbourne Central Station and walk 1.2km.
  • Also, there will be the opportunity to switch to buses along Russell St/Lygon St if the walk isn’t favourable.
The Lynch Street exit into Swanston St will be closed during this time. Disabled patients parking on Lynch St will be required to enter and exit from Cardigan St.

What if I have accessibility needs?

Travellers Aid, on behalf of Yarra Trams, is providing an accessible minibus service between Latrobe St/State Library and Lygon/Lytton St for customers who have accessibility needs. There are 4 designated stops, with two on Cardigan St which are convenient for the Royal Dental Hospital.

  • A: Latrobe St, in front of the State Library Entrance 3
  • B: Corner Cardigan St/Grattan St (south)
  • C: Corner Lygon St/Lytton St (connecting with trams)
  • D: Corner Cardigan St/Grattan St (north)

The service runs between 8am-7pm (Mon-Fri) and 9am-6pm (weekends). There is no timetable, however the minibus runs in a continuous loop, with each loop taking about 30 minutes.

Please speak to a Yarra Trams Customer Service staff member if you have any questions whilst travelling or need assistance to locate the stops.

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