Victorians have helped name the Metro Tunnel’s 5 new stations: Arden, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall, and Anzac.
We put out the call for names in August 2017 and the extraordinary response resulted in more than 50,000 suggestions over 8 weeks.
An advisory panel representing diverse views assessed all the suggestions and compiled a shortlist of names for the Victorian Government to consider.
The names chosen by Government were among the most popular suggestions for each station. All names had to meet the naming rules for place in Victoria.
The station names clearly reflect their location and will ensure passengers can easily identify where they are on the rail network.
Approximate suggestions per station
- Arden: 9000
- Parkville: 10,800
- State Library: 11,000
- Town Hall: 10,000
- Anzac: 9700
A new station in South Yarra is not in the scope of the Metro Tunnel Project.
Design and development assessment undertaken by Rail Projects Victoria indicates that an additional connection at South Yarra as part of the Metro Tunnel Project would cost close to a billion dollars and require more than 100 extra properties to be acquired. It is also anticipated that the building of a connection would cause significant disruption to residents and businesses, including impacts to Chapel Street, and delay the Project’s completion by up to two years.
The Metro Tunnel allows for longer, high capacity trains. Longer trains need longer straight platforms, and it is difficult to accommodate lengthy platforms in South Yarra without causing significant impacts to the surrounding area during construction, including increased land acquisition.
South Yarra is already well served by public transport. The Metro Tunnel will free up space in the City Loop, allowing more trains to run more often on the Sandringham and Frankston lines and ensuring South Yarra continues to enjoy a high level of service when the new Metro Tunnel is completed.
It is however recognised that South Yarra is a busy station with growing patronage and the Victorian Government has committed $12.33 million to improve the station entrance and provide a new accessible tram stop to make it safer, easier and more convenient for everyone.
The Department of Transport is leading these improvements as part of the work to prepare our network for the Metro Tunnel.
We are continuing to work with the City of Stonnington, the Department and other South Yarra stakeholders as we build this transformational project for Melbourne.
Upgrades to South Kensington Station are not within the scope of the Metro Tunnel project.
However, improvements to the station will be considered as part of ongoing upgrades across the network over the coming decade.
The Metro Tunnel will connect the Sunbury and Cranbourne/Pakenham lines for the first time, creating a new end-to-end line through the city. While the new twin tunnels won't connect to South Kensington Station, the Werribee Line will benefit from the additional capacity and reliability created by the project.
The Metro Tunnel will use next-generation High Capacity Signalling to help deliver more trains, more often. High Capacity Signalling is different from existing ‘fixed block’ signalling on the Victorian rail network. It’s based on a more flexible ‘moving block’ system that safely allows trains to operate closer together. This means trains automatically adjust their speed to maintain a safe distance from each other, rather than having to stop for signals even if the way ahead is clear.
Current trackside signals allow up to 20 trains an hour to run reliably. High Capacity Signalling will allow up to 24 trains an hour to run safely and reliably. This equates to approximately 8000 extra passengers moving between Cranbourne/Pakenham and Sunbury every hour.
The Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more trains, more often across Melbourne, paving the way for the expansion of Melbourne's rail network.
The project will create space to run more services to Sunbury, Melton and Melbourne Airport via Melbourne Airport Rail.
Airport trains will run through the Metro Tunnel, providing passengers with a 10-minute turn-up-and-go service from Melbourne Airport and a journey to the CBD in around 30 minutes.