Southbank projects progress

Southbank locals – get ready for new public parks, easier routes for walking and cycling and increased biodiversity on your doorstop by 2021.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the first stage of the Southbank Boulevard project is now complete.

The first stage includes Melbourne’s first green tram tracks, a fully accessible super tram stop and bus stops.

The roadway, which includes separated bike lanes, is set to open by Christmas.

‘The new park outside the Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Recital Centre is taking shape and is also due for completion by the end of the year,’ the Lord Mayor said.

‘We will deliver 2200 square metres of new public space outside the ABC. This will include new spaces for events and outdoor broadcasts.

‘We acknowledge this project has taken longer than expected and we’re mindful to try and minimise disruption to residents and workers. We’d like to thank the community for their patience.’

Alongside this work, we recently unveiled plans for Southbank Promenade.

With more than 40,000 pedestrians per day, this is one of our city’s busiest public spaces.

The revitalised promenade will feature wider paths with new bluestone paving, more green space, new trees and lighting upgrades.

Southbank Promenade will continue to be cycle-friendly but faster cyclists will be encouraged to use a new separated bike path along Linlithgow Avenue and Southbank Boulevard.

Construction on Southbank Promenade will start in early 2020.

For more information, visit City Projects.