Better journeys for sports fans

20 December, 2018Streamlining Hoddle Street

New walkways and pedestrian operated traffic lights will welcome visitors to the Olympic Park precinct ahead Melbourne’s busy summer of sport.

The upgrades around Richmond Station will improve access and safety for the tens of thousands of people who pass through Punt Road and Olympic Boulevard every time an event is held.

A new walkway on the western edge of Punt Road will guide crowds under the rail bridge providing a safer passage for those travelling between Richmond Station and Melbourne’s most iconic sporting and event venues.

New pedestrian signals will operate on Brunton Avenue for passengers using the Richmond north west entrance heading to Punt Road Oval or over to the MCG.

Other improvements that will be completed later in 2019 include:

  • Larger traffic islands at the Punt Road, Hoddle Street intersection to provide safer spaces for pedestrians to wait whilst crossing.
  • Landscaped pedestrian plazas will surround Richmond station, making travel to and from the station safer and more enjoyable.
  • Native landscaping, bench seating, precinct lighting and new bike racks.
  • An upgraded shared walking and cycling path running alongside Goschs Paddock and dedicated bike lanes along Olympic Boulevard.

Construction has been prioritised to ensure better pedestrian access for the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open with all works to temporarily shut down from late December through to the end of January.

For more information visit the Streamlining Hoddle Street web page.

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