A new station in Parkville will be on the doorstep of Victoria's world renowned education, health and research precinct. The Metro Tunnel will enhance access to the University of Melbourne and facilities such as the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
The new station in Parkville will feature materials that reflect the precinct's character, including bluestone, sandstone, glass and steel. Landscaping will include medicinal plants used by both indigenous and western cultures.
The station concourse will be filled with natural light to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for passengers, with space for retail outlets and restaurants.
Connecting Parkville to the rail network for the first time
Over 32,000 people are currently employed in the Parkville precinct and many world-leading medical, educational and research institutions are based there. These organisations generate significant economic activity for Victoria and Australia. In addition, more than 70,000 students, staff and visitors travel to the University of Melbourne every day.
The new station in Parkville will 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 trams and roads.
Station location and access
Approaching from the new station in Arden, the Metro Tunnel will pass under Flemington Road before arriving at Parkville.
The tunnels then curve southwards and align with Swanston Street, connecting to the new station at the northern end of the CBD. Pedestrians will be able to safely walk under Royal Parade via a subway that will connect the new station concourse to the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Parkville Station will have four entrances. Two entrances will provide direct access to the University of Melbourne – one on Grattan Street opposite Barry Street and one on the corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade. Two other entrances will provide direct access to the medical precinct on the western side of Royal Parade, with one entrance located outside the VCCC and the other located outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Station entrances will be carefully designed to integrate with the footpaths along Grattan Street and Royal Parade. Platform screen doors will be installed at the station to provide increased safety and security, less train noise, and better climate control.
Metro Tunnel's station in Parkville is expected to provide access to around 45,000 jobs, 14,000 residents and 70,000 tertiary students within 800 metres of its location. It will be used by nearly 60,000 passengers each day in 2031.
Increasing public open space
As part of works to build the new station in Parkville, 3500 square metres of new public space will be created, with a double row of trees planted along Grattan Street and opportunities for outdoor dining, seating and landscaping.
Barry Street will be closed to traffic and become an extension of University Square as part of City of Melbourne plans, while traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Grattan Street so footpaths can be widened. Together, these changes will create a more pedestrian-friendly public space for students, workers, hospital patients and the wider community.