Melbourne Metro

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel will transform the way people move around the city, improving access to key destinations and landmarks.

The biggest ever public transport infrastructure project in Victoria’s history, it involves building twin nine-kilometre tunnels and five new underground stations at North Melbourne (near Arden Street), Parkville, State Library (at the northern end of Swanston Street), Town Hall (at the southern end of Swanston Street) and Anzac at St Kilda Road.

By taking three of the busiest train lines through a new tunnel under the city, the Metro Tunnel will untangle the City Loop so more trains can run more often across Melbourne.

As a result, room will be created on the network to enable more than half a million additional passengers per week to travel on the rail network during peak periods.

By untangling the City Loop rail tunnel in Melbourne, Australia, the Metro Tunnel will allow over half a million more passengers to travel across the network in peak periods, every week.

COLLABORATION

The CYP Design and Construction Joint Venture (CYP D&C JV) – led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland and Bouygues Construction Australia – has been contracted to design and build the tunnels and stations for the Metro Tunnel Project.

The design for the five stations is a world-class collaboration between leading international design practices Hassell, Weston Williamson + Partners, and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, as part of the CYP joint venture.

In addition, Hassell is designing all the new public spaces surrounding and connecting the stations.

Client

Rail Projects Victoria

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Status

In progress

Year

2019

Collaborators

Weston Williamson + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Design team

Harley Vincent, Mark Loughnan, Ingrid Bakker, Ross de la Motte, Ben Duckworth, Andrew Low, Mark Haycox, Craig Guthrie, Geoff Crowe, Chris Lamborn, Bobby Wong, Paul Rea, Brian Felgate, Alix Smith, Anthony Thevenon, Madeline Joyce, Jerome Delaunay, Juan Fernandez, Linzi Kik, Jackson Wylie, Richard Moore, Adam Roggero, Adam Kim, Richen Jin, Rory Sheppard, Mia Willemsen, Biljana Lojanica, Julia Allen, Nick Owen, Georgia Chisholm, Alastair Jaffray, Avril Cravioto, Kyal Erdman, Lauren Geschke, Stuart Davey, Andrew Lee, Nathalie Diaz, Chris Harty, Justin Chiu, Dean Beattie, Anya Lee, Hannah Green, Ash Roberts, Samee Sultani, Laura Culianez, Philip Tridente, Leyla Beiglari, Johnny Long, Shiqi Tang, Tam Dao, Jianing Zhu, Xiaoyan Wang, Mena Kubba, Bisi Ashiru-Smiles, Edward Connelly, Duana Fisher, Cody Cartwright, Tiange Li, Kim Lee, Arthur Camus, Michael White, Michael Luders, Michael Blancato, Manfred Cheng, Ben Charlton, Doug Pott, Patrick Yao, Olivia O’Donnell, Ke Yan Cora, Joe Ferrante, Jean-Christophe Petite, Hong Lee, Emma Mydaras, Emily Shaw, Dion Gery, Bryn Jones, Brenton Beggs, Benjamin Horne, Adam Gardner, Emily Dudman, Emily Townsend, Frank Smith, Johanna Picton, Matthew Watson, Michael Ruehr, Mariam del Castillo, Yiling Jiang, Hayley Cross, Hayley Grummitt, Sallyann Allman, Warren Birchell, Sam Tomkinson, Annie Scapetis, Natalie McDonald, Emma Williams, Michael Curran, Joanna Richardson, Matty Kapeleri, Amanda Minter, Hannah Beverage, Chris Phillips, Carine Macleod, Eoin Maguire, Tom Inwood, Stephen Tan, Carmen Du, Duyen Nguyen, Yi Song, Rita Fernandez, Nick Pearson, Andrew Ewington, Eoin Maguire, Oli Petite, Jack Healy, Brendan Murphy, Joe Chapman, Anissa Webb, John Williams, Phillipa Byrne.

5x underground stations
9km twin tunnels
504K more passengers across the network in peak periods

STATION DESIGN

The five new stations will be new landmarks and meeting places for Melbourne. Each station draws on the local character of its location, featuring materials such as brick, glass, wood and bluestone, and will become new destinations in themselves with shopping, cafes, restaurants and art installations.

Inside, the stations make the most of space and natural light, to ensure passengers can move through the stations and transfer between rail lines easily and intuitively.

The station’s bold, red brick arch reflects the area’s industrial heritage while creating a distinguished landmark for the new Arden precinct – where the new station will trigger significant urban renewal, creating a vibrant residential, commercial and retail precinct on the edge of the city.

Parkville Station is a much-needed facility for Melbourne’s education, health and research district and the many thousands of students, patients, workers and other travellers who visit every day.

The station will feature entrances servicing The University of Melbourne, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Its glass feature roof will let plenty of natural light into the station concourse and frame the tree-lined view of Grattan Street.

Like State Library Victoria above ground, the station below it will be remarkable for its wide aisles and sweeping arches.

At street level, the station’s entrance will echo the scale of the library. The extension of Literature Lane will connect La Trobe and Little La Trobe streets, where new cafes and shops can flourish.

Town Hall Station will reorient Melbourne’s city centre, with entrances at City Square, behind the historic Young & Jackson pub, and at Federation Square.

The City Square entrance will reflect its historic neighbours – St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne Town Hall and the Manchester Unity building – with a nod to more contemporary city buildings.

The predominantly glass Federation Square entry, developed in consultation with stakeholders, replaces the previous Visitor Centre.

Anzac Station has been designed to connect seamlessly with surrounding parklands by providing a pedestrian connection beneath St Kilda Rd and will connect Melbourne’s city centre and busy St Kilda Road, Melbourne’s Domain train and tram interchange, the Royal Botanic Gardens parklands and the Shrine of Remembrance.

New public spaces will extend Albert Road Reserve, with a new plaza and park for people who work and live nearby.

“The Metro Tunnel will change Melbourne forever with a world class design that will see new open space, terraced seating and sweeping arches.”

The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP Victorian Minister for Public Transport

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