Work to save and restore Flinders Street Station – the heart of the city’s train network – is ramping up.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to announce the contract to transform Flinders Street Station, and reveal new details about the extensive improvements that will be delivered through the Andrews Labor Government’s $100 million project.
Australian construction company Built Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to refurbish the historic Administration Building.
Works will begin in the coming weeks and will include fixing the leaky roof, restoring the crumbling façade and re-painting the more than 100 year-old building.
To improve the station for passengers, the concourse will be extended along Swanston Street, with new entrances at the western end of the station near Elizabeth Street, and in the Degraves Subway.
The main entrance on the corner of Swanston Street will be redesigned to make it easier to get in and out, and ticketing services across the station will be revamped to allow people to get through the gates faster.
New information boards and signage will also be installed, the dirty walls will be re-tiled and repainted, and the dingy toilets will be refurbished.
Work on the passenger improvements will begin in the middle of the year . The entire project is expected to be complete in 2018 and will create around 150 jobs.
For more information, visit www.majorprojects.vic.gov.au/flinders-street-station or check out the project information wall at the station.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Flinders Street is at the heart of our train system and our city – it’s an icon of Melbourne and it’s time to give it the attention it deserves.”
“Our practical project will fix Flinders Street Station – restoring the crumbling building, fixing the leaks, and making the station more functional for the 200,000 passengers that use it every day.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“The new entrances, ticketing and passenger information will make it easier to get in and out of the busy station, and get to the right platform at the right time, to get the train.”
“We’re fixing the leaky roof, restoring the crumbling walls and giving the station a new lick of paint to return this grand old dame to its former glory, and make it a place passengers, visitors and everyone in Melbourne can be proud of once again.”