Metro Tunnel Project’s station design updates unveiled

WCN Editorial Team 10 Aug 2021 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

The Victorian government has released the latest design developments for Arden Station, one of the five new underground stations for the Metro Tunnel Project.

These updates include improved station access with repositioned entry gates as well as the reorientation of entry ramps on Laurens Street.

The entrance will now comprise 15 soaring brick arches. These are being constructed off-site and will be delivered to the station and installed over the coming months.

The updates also include the creation of a series of public grassed areas interspersed with tree planting, and retention of 15 more trees.

Besides, a separated, raised bike path will be created on the west side of Laurens Street while Station Lane will be widened to make more space for vehicles.

The government says that work is ‘well advanced’, with platform construction starting in March and continuing with the deployment of the over-track exhaust system as well as tunnel floor slab.

Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said: “Arden Station was where we launched our first tunnel boring machine almost two years ago, and with tunnelling now complete we’ll see the station take shape in coming months and years.

“The Metro Tunnel is a key part of the Arden Precinct and will open up this side of the city to business and residential use, bringing housing and employment opportunities alongside the growth of Victoria’s innovation economy.”

The Metro Tunnel project will link the Sunbury Line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines with five new underground stations, offering capacity for over a half million additional passengers per week at peak times.

It will also offer a future direct link to Melbourne Airport Rail.

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The updates will include improved station access with repositioned entry gates. Credit: analogicus from Pixabay.

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