Elizabeth Street is one of Melbourne’s most significant city streets. It is an entrance to Melbourne’s central retail area and a primary city transport route.

The City of Melbourne has released the Elizabeth Street Strategic Opportunities Plan, which provides a long-term vision to transform Elizabeth Street and extend the quality of Melbourne’s retail heart. The proposed changes would see Elizabeth Street reconfigured to improve access for shopping, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

Stage one of the upgrade to Elizabeth Street South (Flinders Street to Flinders Lane) has been approved and construction is scheduled to take place February to May 2021. The Elizabeth Street Strategic Opportunities Plan forms a subsequent phase and focuses on the area between Little Collins Street and La Trobe Street.

Read more about the Elizabeth Street Strategic Opportunities Plan and the feedback we heard to help guide it below.



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation - phase one

    August 2016

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    South-end concept design released

    May 2017

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Construction of western side

    June to September 2017

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Community consultation - phase two

    August to October 2017

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Pop-up park at southern end of Elizabeth Street

    13 December 2017 to 25 March 2018

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Strategic Opportunities Plan endorsed by Council

    21 May 2019

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Relevant authority approvals

    January to May 2020

  • Timeline item 8 - active

    Construction to southern end

    February to May 2021

Elizabeth Street Strategic Opportunities Plan

Read an overview of the plan.

Community consultation

What we heard to guide the plan.

Contact us

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