The new State Library Station will be located under Swanston Street, between La Trobe Street and Franklin Street. It will include an underground passenger connection to Melbourne Central Station, allowing commuters to conveniently interchange between Metro Tunnel and City Loop train services without having to touch off and on again.
The new station will have 3 entrances, including the underground connection directly into Melbourne Central Station.
At street level, the main entrance will be located on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, providing easy access to RMIT and the State Library of Victoria. There will be another entrance on Franklin Street near the corner of Swanston Street, between RMIT and the Melbourne City Baths.
The new State Library Station will be a northern gateway to the city, and the surrounding precinct will be changed to provide better spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and the area’s growing residential community.
The station entrance will feature world-class artwork developed as part of the Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program.
Franklin Street will become a pedestrian promenade between Victoria and Stewart streets, with wider footpaths, dedicated on-street bicycle lanes and reduced traffic speeds. Boulevard-style tree plantings along Franklin Street will create a landscaped corridor.
The footpath on the southern side of the street will be widened to become a linear park with areas for socialising, outdoor dining, shade, gardens and public art.
Connecting streets and laneways
Existing laneways at Literature Lane and Stewart Street will be revitalised and extended to provide connections into the new station, opening up new walking routes and evenly distributing pedestrians around the precinct.
A’Beckett Street (between Stewart and Swanston streets) will be reinstated as a single lane, one-way street for vehicles turning left from Swanston Street, with priority access given to pedestrians. This will allow for the creation of a new public space with recreational facilities and seating.
A reconfigured Swanston Street will enable widened footpaths, increasing space for pedestrians outside the new station and creating space for new trees to be planted.
Greening the area
The State Library Station precinct will create 3500 square metres of new public space from reconfigured road space.
Design for the wider station precinct includes a 50% increase in trees across the precinct, particularly at Franklin and A’Beckett streets.
Boulevard-style tree plantings along Franklin Street will create a landscaped corridor to encourage walking between the station and the Queen Victoria Market. This corridor will be landscaped with a diverse range of plants.
Water sensitive urban design
Water sensitive urban design principles have been integrated into the design of the State Library Station precinct to lessen flood risk in low-lying areas, reduce stormwater runoff and provide passive irrigation to plants, thereby reducing demand for potable water.
Areas that receive high stormwater runoff will be landscaped to cope with heavy rainfall, and new tree pits will contain large soil volumes to provide passive irrigation.
The State Library Station precinct is highly developed and includes a mix of contemporary and heritage architecture in a streetscape that has seen significant change over the past few years.
The Franklin Street station entrance outside RMIT will be located within a landscaped setting, with the entrance structure in line with the height of nearby trees. Landscaping to create a visual break between the hard surface of buildings and Franklin Street will provide a new space for students and locals to enjoy and relax.
Outside the Melbourne City Baths, widened footpaths will increase space for pedestrians and allow for trees where there currently are none.
The existing memorial to Aboriginal prisoners wrongly executed, located on the corner of Victoria and Franklin streets, will be retained.