Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the new station would be a “world-class transport hub that strengthens the St Kilda Road area and makes it easier to get to beloved Melbourne landmarks”.
“After two years of excavation, it’s wonderful to see the station’s large structures take shape and catch a glimpse of this future landmark of our great city,” she said in a statement.
Albert Park MP Martin Foley said the station would give residents “more choice and faster travel to get where they are going”.
The Andrews government and the project’s builders – the Cross Yarra Partnership – agreed to split the cost of a $ 2.7 billion blowout of the Metro Tunnel project, pushing the $ 11 billion price tag to $ 13.7 billion.
The tunnel will connect North Melbourne and the University of Melbourne area north of the city with the Anzac area near Toorak Road in South Yarra via stations at the State Library and the City Hall of the CBD.
The project connects the inner north with the inner south, and there has been speculation that the government will announce a Metro 2 project connecting the inner west with the inner east, before the November election. But cost overruns and pandemic-related spending have limited the government’s ability to spend on major transportation projects.
At the end of the year, St Kilda Road’s tram tracks and tracks will be rerouted for the last time over the station, having been rerouted twice already as part of the construction plan.
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