CBD North station
CBD stations are currently experiencing intense crowding at peak times. The use of the five City Loop stations is projected to almost double from 580,000 passengers a day to 1.1 million in 2031.
Building Melbourne's new Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop so we can run more trains in and out of the city.
Once operational, Metro Tunnel's CBD North and CBD South stations will more evenly distribute passenger flow and interchange movements in the inner core of the Melbourne rail network, with crowding across all City Loop stations expected to drop by about 20 per cent.
The CBD North station will improve access to RMIT University, the State Library of Victoria and the growing retail and residential precinct located on the northern edge of the CBD.
Road closures and service relocations
Works to prepare construction worksites for the Metro Tunnel will begin from early 2017 following planning approval. A number of underground services including gas, water, power, telecommunications and sewerage need to be protected or relocated before construction on the new tunnels and CBD North station can begin.
In order to relocate utility services and allow for the excavation of construction access shafts, there will be changes to local roads in the area from early 2017, including:
- Closure of Franklin Street (between Swanston Street and Victoria Street)
- Closure of A'Beckett Street (between Swanston Street and Stewart Street)
- Re-opening of Stewart Street to allow for one-way traffic northbound from A'Beckett Street.
Community drop-in information session
We invite local residents and businesses to attend the upcoming drop-in information session on Tuesday 6 December to learn more about these works and traffic changes in the CBD North area. Staff will be available to answer any questions about the works and explain the information that will be on display.
When: Tuesday 6 December 2016 - drop-in anytime between 4.30pm and 7.30pm
Where: Hotel Ibis Melbourne – Swanston Room, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
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 for the Metro Tunnel since early 2015, and feedback has informed planning documentation and project designs.
Key CBD feedback topics included:
- Potential for improved traffic, bicycle and pedestrian flows on busy city streets.
- Requests to maintain access to car parks and residences during construction.
- High interest in noise and vibration, construction working hours and mitigation measures for residents and businesses close to work sites.
- The importance of maintaining access to shops and laneways, including delivery vehicle access, wherever possible.
- Measures need to be taken to protect important buildings including Melbourne City Baths, St Paul's Cathedral and Flinders Street Station.