VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan last week unveiled the final designs for the five underground stations to be built as part of the Metro Tunnel project, which she said will combine functionality, space and natural light with the latest in public transport infrastructure design.
According to the government, the final station designs aim to make station layouts as easy as possible for passengers to navigate, whilst ensuring the structures and their surrounds set a new benchmark in architecture, sustainability and urban design.
The designs of the five stations, which will be known as North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac, take on the local character of each location in their design and layout.
North Melbourne Station has a large-scale brick arched entrance to reflect the area's industrial heritage and skylights to enable natural light to filter down on the platforms and concourse.
In Parkville, a glass feature roof at the Grattan Street entrance provides passengers visiting this world class health and education precinct with a tree-lined view as well as natural light into the station concourse.
Grand entrances at State Library and Town Hall Stations in the heart of the CBD will create new meeting places, with redesigned laneways including cafes and retail shops. Below Swanston Street, passengers will enjoy wide and spacious platforms framed by sweeping arches.
A key element at Anzac Station in Domain will be an architecturally designed canopy reaching up from below ground, providing both natural light and weather protection for the thousands of passengers each day who will move between trains and trams.
The new station designs will also deliver a number of new parks and open space, bicycle facilities and community plazas. A pedestrian underpass beneath St Kilda Road will significantly enhance safety.
Designs for the Metro Tunnel stations and their surrounds are the result of a collaboration between architects Hassell, Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
The approximate $11 billion Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east. The project includes twin nine-kilometre rail tunnels from the west of the city (near South Kensington Station) to the south-east (near South Yarra Station).