MELBOURNE'S much-maligned City Square is set to make way for a massive underground railway station that will transform Swanston St.
An impression of the station obtained by the Herald Sun reveals commuters will pour out of the station at the Collins St end of the square.
The station will serve commuters on the proposed $4.5 billion underground Metro line from Footscray to Domain, which will eventually be extended to Caulfield.
TICKET inspectors have issued their first fines to commuters using myki.
It comes as the government agency charged with rolling out the $1.35 billion smartcard confirmed that 26 myki users had been travelling for free, due to a fault with their cards.
A spokesman for Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said yesterday that ticket inspectors had now issued fines to 53 travellers caught with a myki card that had not been validated or with no credit on it.
Extensive soil testing and geotechnical works will begin in the next few months in preparation for Melbourne Metro 1, a new underground rail tunnel linking Dynon to Domain providing a major increase in capacity for the suburban rail network.
Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said the release of a Geotechnical Services tender would lead to a number of studies examining the soil and ground conditions to pave the way for the design of the tunnel and underground stations.
“Melbourne Metro 1 will be able to carry an additional 12,000 passengers every hour during peak periods and increase access to train services in the inner city with five new stations to be constructed,” Mr Pakula said.