Press Release | 23 December 2016
Council feels vindicated after many months of lobbying to have an interchange station at South Yarra included as part of the Metro Tunnel project, with an expert planning report finding a case for connecting the Metro Tunnel project to South Yarra station.
The report, authored by the Minister for Planning, with input from an expert planning panel, has found that the Metro Tunnel project should include provisions in the design phase to allow for an interchange station at South Yarra, enabling it to connect to the metropolitan network at some time in the future.
City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Jami Klisaris said this is a small victory for the broader Melbourne community and the people of Stonnington. Mayor Klisaris noted that the Government still has the opportunity to announce the inclusion of an interchange station at South Yarra in the city-shaping project.
“This is an acknowledgement by the Minister for Planning of the need for an interchange station at South Yarra and for this station to be connected to the broader metropolitan rail network. It’s what we and our community have been advocating to the State Government to consider since the initial announcement of the project. This is actually a positive development in our work to highlight the need for inclusion of the interchange station at South Yarra,” Cr Klisaris said.
“Now that the State Government has acknowledged that an interchange station at South Yarra may need to be included in the future, we’re keen to work with them to have it included in the project. It’s a positive step to see the State Government acknowledge that an interchange station at South Yarra will eventually be needed and that the demand will be there. We encourage them to go one step further and commit to the inclusion of an interchange station at South Yarra as part of the project,” Cr Klisaris added.
Mayor Klisaris said that Council will continue to lobby for an interchange station at South Yarra as part of the Metro Tunnel project but will also continue to pressure for a much-needed upgrade to the existing station.
“The Minister for Transport has already publicly agreed that the station needs an upgrade and Council will be urging the State Government to commit to these works, including public realm improvements. For such a well-patronised station in an increasingly busy area, this is a great opportunity for the State Government to show their commitment to public transport and upgrade the station to address capacity, access, safety, congestion and urban design issues,” Cr Klisaris said.
“Extensive upgrade works at the station would improve the site for all users and make access around the area, including the Forrest Hill precinct, more pedestrian friendly and even prepare the station for when it’s eventually connected to the broader metropolitan train network,” she added.
The existing South Yarra station is the busiest station outside the CBD across the metropolitan network during the morning peak, coming only second to Flinders Street station.
The suburb of South Yarra has long been recognised as one of Victoria’s main activity centres with employment and residential growth predicted to increase significantly in the coming years.