The Government of Victoria has unveiled the designs of Arden Station surrounding area which will be greener and will provide better access for passengers.
The station will be the first destination for Metro Tunnel passengers coming from the west on the Sunbury line and forms a key part of the Arden Precinct, a new destination in Melbourne’s inner north west.
Station precinct design updates, outlined in an amended Development Plan, are the result of ongoing community and stakeholder feedback. They include the creation of new series of public grassed areas interspersed with tree planting, improved station access with repositioned entry gates and the reorientation of entry ramps on Laurens Street – where separated, raised bike path will be constructed, the widening of Station Lane to make more space for vehicles and improvements to materials and finishes for the station services building.
“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 Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said.
The station access will be improved by moving entry ramps on Laurens Street, shifting entry gates to improve pedestrian access and separating a raised bicycle path on the west side of Laurens Street.
Arden Station will be the centrepiece of a new precinct to stimulate the growth of Victoria’s knowledge and innovation economy, which is expected to include up to 34,000 jobs and be home to around 15,000 residents by 2050.
The work is well advanced with platform construction beginning in March and continuing alongside the installation of the over-track exhaust system and tunnel floor slab. Arden Station, with a design inspired by the industrial heritage of Melbourne’s inner north and welcoming, green public spaces, will become a landmark for North Melbourne. The entrance will feature 15 soaring brick arches, which are being built off-site and will be delivered to the station and installed over the coming months.
The Metro Tunnel will connect the Sunbury Line to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines with five new underground stations. When finished, the Melbourne Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more than a half a million additional passengers a week during peak times across Melbourne’s train network and provide a future direct link to Melbourne Airport Rail.