With our population set to significantly increase over the coming decade it is important to ensure that our streetscapes are prepared for future growth and are safe enjoyable places for people.

The City of Melbourne has introduced the Streetscape Framework (PDF, 1.6MB)(External link) which aims to work with businesses and the community to effectively respond to the changing needs of our streets.

A number of streetscape improvement projects are planned for each upcoming financial year. You can view this year's projects in the Current Projects section of this site. 

NEWS

Works to upgrade asphalt footpaths with bluestone paving and to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act are now complete in Royal Lane. We will continue to investigate the possibility of façade greening in this laneway.

February 22, 2016


Minor works to upgrade asphalt footpaths to bluestone in Lonsdale Street, between Swanston Street and Caledonian Lane, are now underway and on track for completion by around the end of this month.

February 22, 2016


Streetscape works involving replacing asphalt footpaths with sawn bluestone paving, upgrading bins to stainless steel and upgrading tree plots and access ramps is planned for William Street, between Little Collins and Collins streets. The works are scheduled to begin in early April 2016 and will take approximately four weeks to complete. View a plan of the works.

Email streetscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au with any questions.

February 22, 2016


Streetscape works involving replacing asphalt footpaths with sawn bluestone paving, upgrading seats and bins to stainless steel, renewing the bluestone kerb and channel, upgrading tree plots and access ramps and resurfacing the roadway is planned for Collins Street, between Spencer and King streets. The works are scheduled to begin in late Marchl 2016 and will take approximately eight weeks to complete. View a plan of the works.

Email streetscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au with any questions.

February 22, 2016


The first stage of works in Flinders Street – between Swanston and Russell Streets - is almost complete. Stage 2 of the work – between Russell and Exhibition streets – is on track to begin in mid March and be completed by the end of April 2016.

Work in Stewart Street is approximately half way through and is on track to be complete by around the end of the month.

View plans for Stewart Street and Flinders Street.

February 22, 2016


This year the City of Melbourne's budget has committed $1.695 million for streetscape improvements at the following locations:

Flinders Street, between Swanston and Exhibition Streets:

Replace asphalt footpath with bluestone paving ($1.3m)

Stewart Street, between Franklin and A'Beckett Streets:

Streetscape works to complement the recently completed footpath works adjacent to the RMIT development ($200,000)

Royal Lane, between Little Collins and Bourke Streets:

Upgrade asphalt footpath with bluestone paving, works to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act and investigation of facade greening possibilities ($150,000)

Lonsdale Street, between Swanston Street and Caledonian Lane:

Upgrade asphalt footpath to bluestone paving ($200,000). The City of Melbourne will contact property owners and occupiers by mail in each of the areas where works are planned.

William Street, between Little Collins and Collins Streets:

Replace asphalt footpath with sawn bluestone paving, upgrade tree plots and access ramps ($300,000)

Collins Street, between Spencer and King Streets:

Replace asphalt footpath with sawn bluestone paving, renew kerb and channel, upgrade street furniture to stainless steel, resurface the roadway upgrade tree plots ($1.1m)

More information about each of these projects will be provided on this website as it becomes available. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please contact streetscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au

February 22, 2016


Improvement works in Healeys Lane are progressing well and are expected to be complete by mid July, weather permitting.

June 30, 2015


Works have been delayed due to rainy weather. The majority of the works are expected to be complete by the end of June, with the finishing touches complete by early July 2015, weather permitting.

June 30, 2015


The majority of road works in Lonsdale Street were completed in May. We are now waiting for Citipower to complete some electrical works so we can put the finishing touches to this project. The remaining works, including minor asphalt works and the installation of tactile indicators (for people with a vision impairment), will be managed to have little or no impact on users of Lonsdale Street.

June 30, 2015


Works in Little Latrobe Street, Literature Lane, Brights Place and Westwood Place are now complete. In addition, two projects from the 2013-14 program – Somerset Place and Bromby Street – are also now complete. We thank residents, workers and businesses in these areas for your patience during construction.

June 30, 2015


Improvement works in Healeys Lane commenced on 28 April 2015. Unfortunately the two street trees originally planned for the southern end of the lane can no longer be planted as we have discovered that there is insufficient room between the pavement and the stormwater drain below to provide enough soil for the trees, while still providing adequate stormwater drainage, pedestrian movement and existing café seating. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

A letter from our contractor Citywide was circulated on 21 April to properties in and around the lane explaining what to expect during construction. View the letter, the approximate timetable for construction and the final design below.

For any questions during construction, please contact Citywide site manager Steven Priselec on Ph: 03 92675126 or email: stepri@citywide.com.au

The works are due for completion by mid July 2015. These works will complete the Connecting Laneways project which aims to strengthen the existing pedestrian link between Flagstaff Station and Bourke Street.

May 4, 2015


The first stage of improvement works in Little Latrobe Street, between Elizabeth and Swanston street, are now substantially complete, and the second stage of construction will soon begin in Literature Lane.

A letter from our contractor Citywide was circulated on 13 April to properties in and around the lane explaining what to expect during construction. View the letter, the approximate timetable for construction and the final design below.

Works are due for completion by the end of June (weather permitting).

For any questions during construction, please contact Citywide site manager Grant Chuo on 03 9267 5164 or email grachu@citywide.com.au.

April 20, 2015


Works in Little Latrobe Street are due for completion this week. Works in Literature Lane are due to begin in mid April.

Properties in and around Literature Lane will receive a letter from our contractor Citywide before the works begin. The letter will explain what to expect during construction and will provide contact details should you have any questions or concerns about the works.

We will also post a construction timetable on this website closer to the construction start date.

April 2, 2015


Improvement works in Crombie Lane are now complete and works in Brights Place are due for completion this week. We thank residents, traders and visitors for your patience and hope you like the results!

Works in Healeys Lane will begin in the coming weeks. Properties in and around Healeys Lane will receive a letter from our contractor Citywide before the works begin. The letter will explain what to expect during construction and will provide contact details should you have any questions or concerns about the works. We will also post a construction timetable closer to the construction start date.

Together, the works in these three lanes aim to strengthen the existing pedestrian link between Flagstaff Station and Bourke Street as part of the wider Connecting Laneways project.

April 2, 2015


The first four stages of the road works in Lonsdale Street have been completed ahead of schedule. We are now waiting for Citipower to undertake some works (which will involve digging up a section of the road) before we undertake the fifth stage of works and give Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell streets, a brand new road surface. This resurfacing work is due to occur over three to four nights in mid-late April.

April 2, 2015


Works in the northern and southern sections of Westwood Place are now complete. The works in the middle section of the laneway are underway and due for completion by Easter. We would like to thank residents, businesses and customers for their patience during these works.

April 2, 2015


Streetscape improvement works have begun in Brights Place. Should you have any questions during the construction period, please contact Citywide site manager Steven Priselec on Ph: 9267 5126 or email: stepri@citywide.com.au

View the final design, a letter from our contractor Citywide outlining the construction details and an approximate timetable for construction below.

March 4, 2015


Streetscape improvement works have begun in Crombie Lane. Should you have any questions during the construction period, please contact Citywide site manager Wajid Ali on Ph: 03 92675191 or email: wajali@citywide.com.au

View the approximate construction timetable, final design and a letter from our contractor Citywide outlining the construction details below.

March 4, 2015


Streetscape improvement works have begun in Little Latrobe Street, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets. Should you have any questions during the construction period, please contact Citywide site manager Grant Chuo on Ph: 03 92675164 or email: grachu@citywide.com.au

View the final design for the Little Latrobe Street section of the works and a letter from our contractor Citywide outlining the construction details.

Works within Literature Lane will not begin for some weeks. Closer to the construction start date, properties in and around Literature Lane will be informed by our contractor Citywide before works in the laneway begin and a construction timetable will be available on this website.

View the final design for the Literature Lane section of this project.

March 4, 2015


Works to replace the central median in Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russel streets is due to begin in late February, following the Lonsdale Street Festival. Before the works begin, properties in and around this section of Lonsdale Street will be contacted by our contractor Citywide with details about construction.

View the final design below.

March 4, 2015


Streetscape improvement works for Westwood Place which were due to begin in mid February have now been delayed until March 2015. Closer to the construction start date, properties in and around Literature Lane will be informed by our contractor Citywide before works in the laneway begin and a construction timetable will be available on this website.

View the final design below.

March 4, 2015


There has been a slight delay to the start of construction works in Brights Place. Once the start date has been finalised, we will let you know here and our contractor Citywide will deliver another letter to all properties along the laneway advising the construction details. An approximate timetable for construction will also be available here soon.

January 29, 2015


Construction in both locations in Elizabeth Street is now complete. Works between Little Bourke and Lonsdale streets were completed in December 2014 and works between Latrobe and Little Latrobe streets were finished in January 2015.

January 29, 2015


Road, footpath and kerb works in Crombie Lane have now commenced. An approximate timetable for construction will be available here soon.

January 29, 2015


Road and footpath works in Crombie Lane are due to start in mid/late January 2015 and are expected to take 8-10 weeks to complete (weather permitting). View the final plan for the works:

Should you have any questions about the construction works, please contact our contractor, Citywide’s project manager for the works Wajid Ali, in the new year. Check this page again closer to the start of construction for an approximate construction timetable.

December 29, 2014


Road and footpath works in Brights Place are due to start in February 2015 and are expected to take 8-10 weeks to complete - weather permitting. The final plan for the works includes the deletion of the kerb and footpath on the south-western side of the lane (adjacent to Gianni’s Café) in response to community feedback. View the plan:

Should you have any questions about the construction works, please contact our contractor, Citywide’s project manager for the works Jonathon Harris, in the new year. Check this page again closer to the start of construction for an approximate construction timetable.

December 29, 2014


Road resurfacing works are due to begin in Westwood Place in mid February and are expected to take 4-6 weeks to complete - weather permitting. Should you have any questions about the construction works, please contact our contractor, Citywide’s project manager for the works Grant Chuo, in the new year.

Check this page again closer to the start of construction for an approximate construction timetable.

December 29, 2014


Footpath works in this section of Elizabeth Street have taken a little longer than expected. The works are now expected to be complete by Sunday 7 December 2014, weather permitting.

December 2, 2014


Footpath works in this section of Elizabeth Street are now well underway. The works are expected to be complete by mid January 2015, weather permitting, and will involve both day and night works. View an approximate timetable for construction:

December 2, 2014


Works including bluestone footpaths and new street trees are proposed to improve the environment of Little Latrobe Street, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, and Literature Lane.

View the Little Latrobe and Literature Lane letter and concept plan (PDF, 2.18MB) to find out what’s proposed and give us your feedback via our quick on line survey. All comments are due by Monday 22 December 2014.

December 2, 2014


Works to replace the central median and resurface the road in Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Russell streets, have been postponed, read the letter:

The works will now begin in late February 2015, after the Lonsdale Street Festival, and are expected to take approximately 8-10 weeks to complete (weather permitting).

December 2, 2014


Three stages of works are proposed to improve the environment of Westwood Place. The road would be resurfaced by the end of 2014-15, while lighting works and possible future façade greening and public art are proposed to be funded in future financial years.

Take a look at the proposed changes and provide your feedback by Friday 12 December 2014.

November 24, 2014


We are proposing works to improve the pedestrian environment in Healeys Lane. View the letter and concept plan to find out what’s proposed and give us your feedback via our quick on line survey. All comments are due by Friday 21 November 2014.

October 27, 2014


Works to replace the centre-of-road median and resurface the road, including the red bus lane surface, are scheduled to begin in mid November. These works will begin as soon as Citipower have finished their electrical works which are currently underway. Read the Advance notification of traffic works letter for more information.

Check this page closer to the construction start date for an approximate timetable for the works.

October 23, 2014


Works include:

  • replacement of the current footpath to bluestone paving,
  • upgrade of street furniture to stainless steel,
  • protection of existing trees, and
  • upgrade of all crossings to meet Disability Discrimination Act requirements.

Construction will take approximately six week to complete. View the Elizabeth Street concept plan and cover letter (PDF, 334kb).

Keep checking this website for updates on this project, including an approximate construction timetable and any changes to the timing of the works.

October 17, 2014


We welcome your feedback on proposed concept plans for streetscape improvement works in these two well-used central city laneways as part of the wider Connecting Laneways project. Click on the links to view the proposals for Brights Place plan (PDF, 946kb) and Crombie Lane plan (PDF, 741kb). Online feedback forms for both locations will be available on this website shortly, so please check back again soon. Feedback is due by Friday 10 October 2014.

September 20, 2014


Regulars in Somerset Place would have noticed the stunning native Cabbage Palms which have now been installed. In response to the needs of key property owners and occupiers, the number of palm trees planted in the lane was reduced to two. With the installation of the rain garden at the end of the lane, which will be completed soon, the streetscape works will be substantially complete. Once City West water undertakes tapping and irrigation works in the coming months, we will be able to apply the finishing touches.

September 17, 2014


Streetscape improvement works in Bromby Street are now close to completion. Once Citipower undertakes some necessary electrical works (which they have indicated will occur in the coming months), we will be able to complete this job.

September 17, 2014


After a delayed start, these works which were part of the 2013-14 Streetscapes Improvement Program, are due to be completed by the end of September 2014. We thank the local community and visitors for their patience.

September 17, 2014


Intersection works at the corner of Ormond and Derby streets, Kensington, are now well and truly complete. If you are interested in the longer-term plans for Derby Street (as discussed during 2013 as part of the community consultation for the intersection works) please contact the City of Melbourne's Urban Landscapes Team on 9658 9658 for more information.

September 17, 2014


Works to improve pedestrian access to the nearby station and transport hub are planned to start in early October 2014 and will take approximately eight weeks to complete. View the Spencer Street concept plan and cover letter (PDF, 293kb). Keep checking this website for updates on this project, including an approximate construction timetable and any changes to the timing of the works.

September 17, 2014


Construction work to upgrade the footpath to bluestone, update street furniture and protect existing trees is due to start in mid September 2014.

View the concept plan and an explanatory letter which was mailed to property owners and occupiers in the immediate vicinity of the works this week. For any questions about the works, contact the City of Melbourne's Engineering Services Branch on 9658 8711 or engineering@melbourne.vic.gov.au(External link).

August 20, 2014


The City of Melbourne's 2014-15 budget has committed $4.4million for streetscape improvement projects at seven locations:

  • Westwood Place: streetscape works to improve the environment of the laneway ($300,000)
  • Brights Place, Healeys Lane, Crombie Lane: streetscape works to strengthen the existing pedestrian connection between Flagstaff Station and Bourke Street ($1.8m)
  • Literature Lane: streetscape works to improve the environment of the laneway ($400,000)
  • Elizabeth Street, between Little Bourke and Lonsdale streets: upgrade asphalt footpath to bluestone paving ($423,016)
  • Spencer Street, between Flinders Lane and Collins Street: improve station access and upgrade asphalt footpath to bluestone paving ($600,000)
  • Elizabeth Street, between Little Latrobe and Latrobe streets: upgrade asphalt footpath to bluestone paving ($400,000)
  • Lonsdale Street, between Russell and Swanston streets: replacement of central median ($500,000).

More information about each of these projects will be provided on this website as it becomes available. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please contact streetscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au(External link).

July 14, 2014


Construction work in Somerset Place has been delayed a few days and is now due to start on Friday 23 May 2014. View the final detailed plan here and an approximate timetable for construction here.

May 14, 2014


Construction recently began to improve traffic management at the intersection of Derby and Ormond streets, Kensington. View the final detailed Derby and Ormond Streets plan (PDF, 1.7MB). View the approximate Derby and Ormond Streets timetable for construction (PDF, 63kb).

May 12, 2014


After a delay to resolve issues with a gas main and public lighting, construction has now begun in Little Collins Street, between Spencer and King streets. The works will begin on the northern side with the second stage of works following on the southern side of the street. All works are expected to be complete in 12 weeks (weather permitting). View the Little Collins Street construction timetable (PDF, 69kb).

View the final detailed Little Collins Street plan (PDF, 1.3MB). You can also view the Little Collins Street notification letter (PDF, 83kb) from our contractor Citywide which outlines the details of the works and who to contact should you have any issues or concerns during construction. This notice has also been delivered to affected properties.

May 12, 2014


The first stage of works in Elizabeth Street were completed on time (by the end of February). We are ahead of schedule and the second stage will be completed by April 6.

March 31, 2014


Drainage and streetscape construction works are due to begin in Bromby Street, South Yarra, on 7 April and are expected to take approximately 15 weeks to complete.

View an approximate timetable for construction.

March 31, 2014


The design for streetscape improvement works in Somerset Place has now been revised to respond to community feedback. Construction was due to begin in early April, but now won't start until late April. Works are expected to take approximately 12 weeks to complete.

View the revised Somerset Place plan.

March 20, 2014


Construction works in Collins Street are progressing well. View the revised construction timetable here.

February 26, 2014