Gipps Street Elevated Path project

Project status

February 2024:  Detours remain in place for trail users via Abbotsford and Nicholson Street. Excavation and soil-nailing is nearing completion on the south side of Collins Bridge, with machinery and crews to be changed over to piling works around mid to late February. Foundation works are continuing on the north side of Collins Bridge. Fabrication of steel structure components is commencing shortly.

 

 

Timeline of Gipps St Ramp project showing construction commencing in June 2023 as the next milestone 

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The project

The Main Yarra Trail is one of Melbourne's most iconic routes following the Birrarung Yarra River from the north eastern suburbs to the city. The trail currently comes to an abrupt barrier at the steep steps at Gipps Street in Abbotsford. Parks Victoria is providing a solution by replacing the steep steps with an elevated, curling path. The new elevated path will improve how cyclists, people with prams and people with accessibility requirements can continue their journey along the Main Yarra Trail. The new elevated path will be built on Wurundjeri Country.

 

Artist impression of the Gipps Street Ramp

This image is an artist's impression of the proposed ramp design for illustrative purposes only.

 

Project benefits

Visitors

Users of the Main Yarra Trail have long been keen to see improvements to accessibility and connectivity of the trail at the point of the Gipps Street steps. The new ramp will dramatically improve how all users can access the trail regardless of their accessibility requirements or choice of transport along the trail. 

 

Community

This project is being undertaken in consultation with key community and user groups including the Bicycle Network, Yarra City Council and local residents to ensure minimal disruption for the community and maximum benefit for trail users.

 

Protecting the environment

We won't be removing any native tree species and we plan on regenerating the embankment by planting native plants as part of this project. Much of the vegetation currently on the embankment at this part of the Yarra is invasive week species, and we'll remove some of these weeds as part of this project. 

 

Protecting cultural heritage 

We have consulted with First Peoples-State Relations and a cultural heritage management plan has been approved for the project. We will continue to work with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung to ensure cultural heritage is appropriately managed.

 

Project safety

To ensure the safety of the public and our contractors, we will need to temporarily close a section of the trail between Gipps Street and Clarke Street in Abbotsford when work commences.

 

Project funding

The Victorian Government is investing $15 million for this project. 

 

Project timeline

Construction on this project begins in June 2023. We expect construction to be complete and the path to re-open in mid-2024.

 

Project partner

Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Change

 

Access changes

The trail will be temporarily closed between Gipps Street and Clarke Street in Abbotsford once work commences. The detour route for Main Yarra Trail users will be clearly signposted throughout the works.

Map of recommended detour route for Main Yarra Trail users during the works to construct the Gipps Street Ramp.

 

Related information 

Main Yarra Trail ramping up at Gipps Street

Bicycle Network - Gipps Street Steps project ramps up

 

FAQs

What will the ramp look like?

The steps will be replaced with a 200-metre elevated path that follows a gentle gradient to link with the Collins Bridge, enabling all users to enjoy an easy, continuous journey along the trail. 

Will there still be steps available at this location for those who want to use the steps? 

The existing steps will be demolished and new steps will be rebuilt nearby. The new steps will be designed and constructed with similar materials to the ramp. 

How is vegetation being protected during works? 

Much of the vegetation on the embankment at this location is invasive weed species. Most existing native trees on the embankment will not be removed and replanting of native species will be incorporated into the works to regenerate the embankment.  

How is the community being consulted on this project?

Extensive community consultation was undertaken in 2017 for input into the ramp designs. Ongoing engagement is happening with people and groups, including Traditional Owners, Bicycle Network Victoria, neighbouring residents and Yarra City Council. 

  

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