Planning Minister Richard Wynne announced on Wednesday that he had accepted an expert planning panel's conclusion that the case for connecting South Yarra to the tunnel is not justified given its high cost.
This will involve building a rail bridge over Kensington Road, an option the MMRA had previously said would increase the project's cost.
Those affected will have the benefit of a new railway line when it is completed, he wrote, but needed to be carefully considered during its construction.
Victoria’s largest infrastructure project in a generation will not disrupt access to St Paul’s Cathedral and its ministries, says the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne.
The station excavation sites to the north and west of the Cathedral will differ from most CBD building sites in that they will be covered by large acoustic sheds, which will reduce the impact of ambient noise and dust. Walkways on Swanston Street will remain accessible to pedestrians, and trams will continue to run as normal.
Mr Jeroen Weimar
Acting CEO, Public Transport Victoria
PO Box 4724
Melbourne VIC 3001
Passengers of the Melbourne Metro will be able to conveniently access the City Loop Services, which will lower passenger traffic on the St Kilda tram route.
The metro rail project will allow Frankston Line to have an exclusive use of the current Caulfield City Loop Tunnel through a new loop line. Credit: Gracchus250.
Background to Melbourne’s metro project
The construction of the permanent structure under Grattan Street is underway along with the station’s entrances at Grattan Street west and Royal Parade. Credit: State Government of Australia.
Their role included carrying out a detailed study and suggesting the route and location of stations.
Melbourne Metro Rail Project details
The Victorian Government selected CPB Contractors and Bombardier Transportation for delivering the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA) works package for the metro tunnel project in July 2017.