Spectacular Town Hall Station revealed


New images have been released showing the spectacular underground concourse of the Metro Tunnel’s new Town Hall Station, under construction beneath City Square.

Town Hall Station will be one of five new stations opening in 2025 as part of the Metro Tunnel, including Parkville Station – providing rail access to the world-leading health and education precinct for the first time. 

The concourse will be directly beneath Melbourne’s City Square, which will be returned to the public as an open space for events and to gather, surrounded by city landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Melbourne Town Hall.

Earlier this year crews finished dismantling the noise-cancelling shed over City Square, which had protected nearby residents and businesses from noise and dust and provided a space for large-scale public art.

The project is set to reach another significant milestone in October – the reopening of a section of Flinders St that has been closed for more than four years.

The eastbound lane between Elizabeth St and Swanston St, alongside the tram stop, will permanently reopen to traffic in October, improving traffic flow through the CBD.

Both eastbound lanes were closed in September 2019 to allow construction of the underground walkway between Flinders Street Station and Town Hall Station – which will allow passengers to easily and quickly switch between Metro Tunnel and City Loop services.

In the final step towards reopening the traffic lane, a small section of footpath opposite Flinders Street Station, between Dangerfield and Clements House, will be closed from Monday, May 29 until mid-September so workers can finish construction below the surface and safely reinstate the traffic lane.

The other eastbound lane, next to the footpath, will remain closed as construction continues on Town Hall Station.

When the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025 passengers getting on a train at Parkville will be in the CBD in just a few minutes, stopping first at State Library Station – at the northern end of Swanston St, with a direct link to Melbourne Central Station – and then at Town Hall Station.

The Metro Tunnel will transform rail travel in Melbourne, creating capacity for more than half-a-million extra passengers in peak periods each week. •

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