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A gift to Southbank

12 Mar 2015

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The State Government last month announced $100 million in funding to repair and renovate Flinders St Station, which includes plans to restore the underpass connecting Southbank with Elizabeth St.

The money will be spent on restoration works and upgrading station platforms, entrances, toilets and information displays.

However, the announcement comes as particularly good news to Southbank, which has been long awaiting refurbishment of the crumbling pedestrian underpass.

Yarra River Business Association (YRBA) executive officer Officer Tim Bracher congratulated the Government for addressing the issues surrounding the station.

“YRBA had written to the Premier and spoken to the Tourism Minister, congratulating the Government on prioritising the station renovation and urging them to include the pedestrian underpass as a high priority,” he said.

“We spent three years trying to convince the former government about the need to upgrade the underpass and all we got out of it was a million dollar competition for architects.”

“It would be useful to refurbish the pedestrian underpass as part of the City of Melbourne’s plans for the southern end of Elizabeth St, so that the combined redevelopment forms an official and appealing entrance to the Yarra River Precinct from the central CBD.”

The Government says platforms and entrances will be upgraded to ease the passenger crush at peak times and allow people to get through gates faster.

Toilets will be fixed and dingy, under-utilised areas will be cleaned up. New information displays will make it easier for passengers to know what platform they need to be on, and when.

The project will start this year.

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