Melbourne Metro Rail Authority is set to deliver twin 9km rail tunnels and five underground stations to Melbourne’s rail network, freeing up space in the City Loop, for the benefit of other lines.
Melbourne Metro will see two underground stations located at the northern and southern ends of the CBD in Swanston Street.
Subject to approvals, construction is expected to commence in 2017, with the project anticipated to be completed and operational in 2026.
Steve Somogyi, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President Resources, said that RMIT University was part of the city, drawing from it and contributing to its vitality.
“The new station will provide a natural gateway to some of RMIT’s most inspiring and iconic buildings and developments including Swanston Academic Building, Design Hub and New Academic Street,” he said.
“We are working closely with Melbourne Metro, City of Melbourne and the RMIT Student Union (RUSU) to minimise disruptions and maximise a host of learning and teaching, research and employment opportunities.”
Professor Ron Wakefield, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, International and Head of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management, said that several multidisciplinary project-based electives for students across the built environment disciplines were in the pipeline.
“Architecture and design, planning, property construction and project management will be working shoulder-to-shoulder, simulating a Private Public Partnership (PPP) project office,” he said.
“The Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research recently submitted two exciting research proposals relating to Melbourne Metro and the Level Crossing Projects.”
CBD North station will be located directly beneath Swanston Street, generally between La Trobe Street and Franklin Street.
The station will include two direct underground connections to Melbourne Central station at both platform and concourse levels, allowing commuters to seamlessly interchange between Metro Tunnel and City Loop services.
Melbourne Metro is releasing the Melbourne Metro Environment Effects Statement (ESS) to the public on 25 May.
RMIT students and staff are encouraged to visit the Melbourne Metro website.
For more information, contact RMIT Property Services.
Story: Paul Noonan