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CBD stations FAQ

CBD stations FAQ

Why build new railway stations in the CBD?

New city stations will support increasing numbers of people travelling in and around the city and take pressure off Flinders Street Station and Melbourne Central Station.

CBD South will connect with Flinders Street Station and CBD North will connect with Melbourne Central Station, providing seamless connection between Metro Tunnel and City Loop services.

How will the Metro Tunnel benefit the CBD?

The Metro Tunnel will bring thousands more people into the city, make central Melbourne a more attractive option for businesses, and further position Melbourne as one of the world's most liveable cities.

The twin tunnels will travel underneath Swanston Street in Melbourne's CBD. This route services key city destinations, provides direct interchanges with two key City Loop stations.

This alignment provides relief to the heavily congested Swanston Street/St Kilda Road tram corridor and allows people travelling from Melbourne's growing north, west and south-east to better access the city, via the Sunbury and Pakenham / Cranbourne lines, while freeing up capacity in the City Loop for the benefit of other lines.

Why are the stations named CBD North and CBD South?

Formal names have not been given to the new Metro Tunnel stations at this stage. 

The two CBD stations are named "CBD North" and "CBD South" for clear reference during project development. 

Decisions about the final name of each station, whether that be as extensions of the existing City Loop stations or as separate standalone stations, will be made in line with the Victorian Government Guidelines for naming a place (external link) closer to the commencement of train operations.

Are CBD North and CBD South separate stations or extensions of the current City Loop stations?

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

Both CBD South and CBD North stations are being designed so they can operate independently of the City Loop (i.e. with their 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.