Victorians have helped name the Metro Tunnel’s new underground rail stations.
The five new Metro Tunnel underground stations will become landmarks used by Melburnians for generations to come. The station names clearly reflect their location and will ensure passengers can easily identify where they are on the rail network.
North Melbourne – Located in the heart of North Melbourne, near the corner of Arden Street and Laurens Street, this station is named after the famous suburb, which in turn is home to the Kangaroos AFL club. The naming of this station provides an opportunity to more accurately name the current ‘North Melbourne’ station, ‘West Melbourne’ – a truer reflection of its location.
Parkville – The station under Grattan Street, near the corner of Royal Parade, is named after the world-renowned health, research and education precinct it will service.
State Library – Located under Swanston Street between La Trobe Street and Franklin Street, directly across from the State Library, the station is named after this iconic centre of learning and culture. The State Library is Australia’s oldest and busiest public library and one of Victoria’s most important institutions. Its forecourt provides one of the CBD’s most popular meeting places.
Town Hall – The station under Swanston Street between Collins Street and Flinders Street is named after the nearby Melbourne Town Hall – the civic heart of our city. The station’s new City Square entrance will directly face the Town Hall across Collins Street.
Anzac – Located underneath St Kilda Road on the edge of the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, this station honours the Anzac spirit of military service and sacrifice. Built in 1934, the Shrine is one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations and the focal point for Anzac Day and other significant annual commemorations.
In August, the Premier gave all Victorians the unique opportunity to write themselves into history by suggesting names for the five new stations.
The extraordinary response resulted in more than 50,000 suggestions over eight weeks.
Approximate suggestions per station:
- North Melbourne: 9000
- Parkville: 10,800
- State Library: 11,000
- Town Hall: 10,000
- Anzac: 9700
An advisory panel representing diverse views assessed all the suggestions and compiled a shortlist of names for the Victorian Government to consider. The names chosen by Government were among the most popular suggestions for each station. All names had to meet the naming rules for place in Victoria (external link).
Competition winners were drawn from the entries that suggested one of the final selected names. Hear from the competition winners how they picked the names they entered below.