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Metro Tunnel

Arden station

An indicative artist impression of Arden Station, looking towards the entrance Arden station in North Melbourne will trigger significant urban renewal of this inner-city growth area, facilitating the expansion of the central city and future proofing Melbourne's economic prosperity.

Metro Tunnel's Arden station provides the opportunity to connect growth areas in Melbourne's west to the growing knowledge workforces and residential communities in Docklands and the Arden-Macaulay precinct as well as established areas including Parkville and the CBD, and existing communities in North Melbourne and West Melbourne.

With the site's potential to accommodate 25,000 residents and in excess of 43,000 jobs, Arden station has the potential to stimulate over $7 billion of development value in today's dollars.

What you told us

Drawing on the ideas, expertise and opinions of stakeholders and the community is vital as planning for the Metro Tunnel continues.

  • A comprehensive program of public engagement and consultation has been underway since early 2015, and feedback has informed planning documentation and project designs.
  • Key feedback relating to Arden included:
  • Truck routes, potential truck curfews and alternative routes for heavy vehicles.
  • Importance of good pedestrian and bicycle connections to the existing North Melbourne station, tram lines and nearby community facilities.
  • The community expressed interest in understanding the urban renewal planned for the precinct and the opportunities this presents once the new station is built.
  • The need for innovation in managing construction.
  • Noise and vibration mitigation measures for staging areas like Arden.

Station location and access

The new station will be located on Laurens Street, just south of Arden Street.

Arden station - map of footprint, entrances and tunnels

The proposed Metro Tunnel will begin at the Western tunnel entrance passing below Moonee Ponds Creek and CityLink and arriving at Arden station. From Arden station, the twin tunnels will pass underneath North Melbourne and continue on to the new station at Parkville.

Arden station will be located within easy walking distance to North Melbourne Recreation Centre, the Arden Street Oval as well as the 57 tram, several bus routes and North Melbourne station.

Entry points

It is proposed that the main entrance to the new Arden station will be located on Laurens Street, between Queensberry and Arden streets. This will provide direct access to existing residential, retail and commercial areas east of Laurens Street.

There will also be provision for future entrance points at the western end of the station to service the area as it develops.

Access between the street level, concourse and the station platforms will be provided via a mixture of escalators, stairs and lifts.

Ventilation shafts

Ventilation structures and station utilities will be located at both ends of Arden station.

The station's ventilation shafts will circulate air from the station concourse, 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.

Frequently asked questions

Why build a new railway station at Arden?

The new railway station at Arden will support the expansion of the central city and provide a focus for the development of a new commercial, residential and activity centre in Melbourne's west.

Arden station will support job creation in the precinct by improving public transport access to the Arden precinct, an area which has been earmarked for significant urban renewal. Arden is a critical part of the Metro Tunnel, and will be used by thousands of people every day.

How will Arden station integrate with other transport services?

We are working closely with PTV to ensure that the new Arden station will integrate with the wider public transport network, including nearby trams and buses.

More information

Environment Effects Statement submissions closed

The Melbourne Metro Environment Effects Statement and draft Planning Scheme Amendment submission period has closed.

Thank you to everyone who came to an information session, contacted us or made a submission.

A joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee, appointed by the Minister for Planning, will now assess the effects of the project with regard to the EES studies and investigations, along with all public submissions. A public hearing will be held in August by the Inquiry at which the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) and submitters can make presentations.

Learn more about the Environment Effects Statement and draft Planning Scheme Amendment process.

Arden station – connecting our growing suburbs to Melbourne's rail network

Urban renewal areas like Arden-Macaulay are key to accommodating the future growth of inner Melbourne.

Accessibility and connectivity to neighbouring areas will be central to Arden's renewal. Currently the precinct relies on public transport connections on its perimeter, including North Melbourne and Macaulay stations, tram routes 55, 57 and 59 and bus routes 401, 402, 216 and 219.

Metro Tunnel's Arden station will connect the area to Melbourne's future busiest rail corridor, creating a focal point for development within the precinct.

Arden-Macaulay urban renewal area

Arden-Macaulay is a 14.7-hectare area bordering North Melbourne, Kensington, Melbourne's CBD and Footscray.

Highlighted as a key urban renewal area by the City of Melbourne and the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the area will transform over the next 20 years into a major employment and residential hub on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD