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THE dingy Degraves St underpass will be overhauled as part of a system of new underground walkways to connect Flinders St station with the new CBD South station.
It means commuters will be able to avoid traffic on Swanston St and Flinders St when changing trains to and from the Metro Tunnel.
A new artist’s impression of CBD South reveals how the station would work under City Square, with two street-level entrances for easy access, including from Flinders Lane.
An exclusive look at an artist's impression of CBD South station, to be built under City Square.Premier Daniel Andrews stood in the City Square construction site on Sunday to announce the construction giant that lost the East West Link project had been handed a $6 billion package of work to build the Metro Tunnel.
Lendlease led the winning consortium, which will build the twin 9km tunnels and five new underground stations.
The competitive tender process resulted in several design improvements to the Metro Tunnel, including at the CBD North station under Swanston St between La Trobe St and Franklin St.
One entrance will now be stationed on La Trobe St opposite Melbourne Central to reduce congestion around Swanston St.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan. Picture: David CroslingThe Franklin St entrance will include public open space featuring terraced seating and a timber canopy, designed to protect commuters from the weather while also providing views of the Melbourne City Baths.
Work on the project has already started and Mr Andrews said major construction on the tunnels and stations would begin early next year.
The winning consortium includes John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital.
The rest of the project’s $11 billion price tag covers the tunnel entrances, other station upgrades and signalling changes.
More than 5000 jobs are expected to be created by the tunnel project and the government has mandated 85 per cent local content.
Mr Andrews said the government was “building the turn-up-and-go train system Victoria has been waiting for”. Construction is due for completion in 2026.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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