Melbourne unveils Elizabeth Street revitalisation plan

The City of Melbourne has promised a ‘safer, greener and more people friendly’ city centre, following the release of the Elizabeth Street Strategic Opportunities Plan.

The plan, which was unanimously passed by city councillors last week, will see major streetscape improvements including widening footpaths, planting more trees, upgrading lighting and improving street furniture.

"As the gateway to Melbourne's retail and commercial heart, Elizabeth Street plays a key role in how visitors, residents and workers enjoy our city," Acting Lord Mayor Aaron Wood said.

"We want people to feel more welcome so that when they cross the road from Flinders Street Station they can easily walk down wider bluestone paved footpaths, pop into one of the many retail outlets, take a seat on new street furniture and enjoy alfresco dining."

Under the proposed plan, two city blocks that include tram stops will be pedestrianised and closed to vehicular traffic. The plan would also see dedicated bike lanes will be introduced to improve safety and connectivity and encourage more people to visit businesses on Elizabeth Street.

Timeline:

  • May 2019: Council to vote in favour Elizabeth Street Opportunities Plan

  • Early 2020: Stage one improvement works start on the southern end of Elizabeth Street from Flinders Street to Flinders Lane (already endorsed by Council)

  • 2020-2021: If endorsed by Council - Stage two improvement works for the middle section of Elizabeth Street to start (Little Collins Street to Little Bourke Street)

  • 2026+ If endorsed by Council, Stage three construction works for northern end of Elizabeth Street to start (Lonsdale Street to La Trobe Street).

More information is here.

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