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The state transport minister has talked up the benefits of Anzac Station which is being built just south of Melbourne CBD.
THE Melbourne Metro Tunnel’s new Anzac Station, 22 metres under St Kilda Road is taking shape, with the final wall and roof structures now in place.
Transport minister Jacinta Allan has visited the project site, which is taking shape after three years of underground works.
Anzac Station is a hub for the project’s tunnelling operations in the east, and formed the starting point for two tunnel boring machines that tunnelled to South Yarra and are now heading towards the CBD on their final leg – with the project a year ahead of schedule, set for completion in 2025.
“When construction is complete, the area will be a heavily patronised transport hub, with the Metro Tunnel cutting the daily commute to and from St Kilda Road by up to 50 minutes – providing turn-up-and-go services just two minutes from the CBD, 10 minutes from Parkville, and eventually direct services to Melbourne Airport,” Allan said.
A fully accessible tram super-stop will also sit in the middle of the road, connecting passengers to the underground station below.
Cyclists will be able to ride two abreast, protected from the risk of car dooring by a one-metre wide concrete separator.
Further planning is underway to provide options for safe cycle lanes along the rest of the St Kilda Road corridor.
The station will be a landmark in itself with a unique floating wooden canopy design.
Anzac Station is expected to take the pressure off the St Kilda Road/Swanston Street tram route.
“Anzac Station will be a central hub for public transport in the St Kilda Road precinct – delivering safe and convenient options to change between trains and trams and visit popular tourist destinations on this historic boulevard,” Allan said.
Member for Albert Park Martin Foley said they were “delivering seamless connections for our locals, who will soon have more options to get around by train, tram, bike, car, and on foot – and we’re ensuring cyclists have a smoother, safer journey to and from the CBD”.
Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Nina Taylor said Anzac Station would be part of the vital St Kilda Road transport hub, “making it easier to get to some of our city’s most exciting cultural destinations, important business precincts and growing residential communities”.
This article first appeared on railexpress.com.au
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