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A popular student pub on Swanston Street could be one of the first business casualties of the Andrews government's $10.9 billion rail tunnel under the city centre.
Contractor John Holland is earning more than $320 million for works to kick-start the massive rail tunnel, which will run from Kensington under the CBD to South Yarra.
Less fortunate is the Oxford Scholar Hotel, opposite RMIT, at the corner of Swanston and A'Beckett streets.
Its publican, Malcolm Wulf, says he is losing between $3000 and $5000 in drink sales each week as a result of bulldozers, jackhammers and construction works that started in January.
Mr Wulf behind the bar at his business, which he says is being hurt by the Metro rail tunnel construction works. Photo: Eddie Jim
"We've seen a big drop off in clientele," said Mr Wulf, as a result of almost constant daytime construction noise, and the loss of eight outdoor tables.
Mr Wulf, who has run the pub since 1991, said neither the state government's rail authority nor the city council is doing anything to help him.
Mr Wulf said "the noise, the dust, the exposure" had driven away students in the early part of the university year. "We need to get the students when they're here," he said.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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