The new metro rail tunnel will involve significant disruption to city streets over a 5 year period with perhaps the action closest to QVM being the closure of Franklin St. at the Swanston St. end.
Other impacted areas will include Grattan St. in Carlton, Domain Rd. just south of the Shrine of Remembrance, and areas of Swanston St. and Flinders St. in the CBD. Kensington and North Melbourne will see activity around South Kensington Station and Arden St. Station.
Early concerns about disruption to Swanston St. traffic and businesses have been somewhat overcome by a decision to tunnel 40m underground thereby minimising surface disruption.
More details are available here – www.yoursay.mmrailproject.vic.gov.au