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Metro Tunnel

CBD North Station location and access

CBD North Station will be located directly under Swanston Street, generally between La Trobe and Franklin streets. The station will include a direct underground connection to Melbourne Central Station, allowing commuters to seamlessly interchange between Metro Tunnel and City Loop services.

CBD North station - map of footprint, entrances and tunnels

Entry points

CBD North Station will have three main entrances:

  • The southern entrance is to be located at the corner of La Trobe and Swanston streets, with an underground pedestrian connection to Melbourne Central Station.
  • The northern entrance is to be located near the corner of Swanston and Franklin streets.
  • There will be a direct underground connection to Melbourne Central Station from CBD North.

Commuters will also be able to access the CBD North platforms through the existing Melbourne Central ticket gates near Swanston Street.

Access to the platforms will be provided via fast and efficient escalators and lifts, as well as stairs.

Ventilation shafts

CBD North Station will include ventilation shafts to circulate air from the station concourses, platforms and tunnels for the comfort of passengers. They will also include exhaust systems that, in the event of an emergency, will quickly remove fumes from the station and tunnels. The Metro Tunnel will be used exclusively by electric trains.

The exact location of ventilation structures and station utilities will be finalised in consultation with local stakeholders as part of the project's planning and detailed design phases.

Direct access to the City Loop

The two Melbourne Tunnel CBD Stations will have direct underground interchange with existing City Loop stations. Passengers will be able to interchange without touching off and on again from CBD North to Melbourne Central Station and vice versa.

CBD North is designed so it can operate independently of the City Loop (e.g. with its own entrances, paid gates and ticketing office) to cater for expected patronage and ensure as much as possible if one line experiences a disruption it does not affect other lines on the network.

CBD North will be a Zone 1 station on the Sunbury to Pakenham/Cranbourne line.