Parkville is a world-class education, health and research precinct. The Metro Tunnel project will enhance public transport connectivity to the area and deliver a new underground station for Parkville
The Parkville precinct is critical to Victoria's and Australia's leadership in biotechnology, medical research education and health services and draws people from across the metropolitan area and regional Victoria. Metro Tunnel's Parkville station is expected to provide access to around 45,000 jobs, 14,000 residents and more than 71,000 tertiary students and high school students within 800 metres of its location. It will be used by nearly 60,000 passengers each day in 2031.
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 Parkville feedback topics have included:
- Traffic impacts such as road closures and diversions during construction.
- The importance of maintaining access to hospitals and the University of Melbourne during construction.
- The importance of protecting heritage features in the precinct, including trees on Royal Parade.
- The need for innovation in managing construction close to sensitive hospital services.
- Potential improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities in the precinct
The Metro Tunnel will pass under Flemington Road from the west and arrive at Parkville station, located under Grattan Street east of Royal Parade. The tunnels will then curve southwards before aligning with Swanston Street on the approach to the new CBD North station.
Pedestrians will be able to safely cross beneath Royal Parade via a subway that will connect the new Parkville station concourse to a proposed station entrance on the western side of Royal Parade. This will significantly improve pedestrian access around this busy intersection.
It is proposed that Parkville station will have three entrances, one on Grattan Street opposite Barry Street, one on Grattan Street near the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and one on the corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade near University of Melbourne. These entry points will provide direct access to the University of Melbourne and nearby hospitals and the busy tram and bus networks.
Station entrances will be integrated into public thoroughfares along Grattan Street and Royal Parade and the University of Melbourne.
Access between the street level, concourse and station platforms will be provided via escalators and lifts.
Parkville 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. 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.
Why build a new railway station at Parkville?
Parkville contains a rich concentration of world renowned healthcare, research and educational facilities. Building a new railway station in Parkville will connect our world-class heath, research and education precinct to the metropolitan rail network for the first time.
Thousands of people come to Parkville every day for work and study, and to seek health care. Connecting Parkville to Melbourne's rail network for the first time will make this journey easier and ease pressure on the road and tram network to the north of the CBD.
Parkville has also been strategically identified as a location that supports Victoria's knowledge economy.
How will Parkville station integrate with other transport services?
To ensure that the new Parkville station is integrated with the wider public transport network, we are consultation with PTV and other public service providers to assess access and integration requirements.
Did you know?
The new Parkville station is proposed to be located under Grattan Street near Royal Parade, providing a direct rail connection to the area for the first time and relieving pressure on local tram and road networks.