Arden Precinct Metro Station, the first of five Metro Tunnel stations set to be wrapped up by the end of the year, is now on the brink of completion. The station’s strategic design caters to Arden Precinct. A pivotal area for residential, retail, and medical developments located just 2km north of Melbourne’s bustling CBD.
The Metro Tunnel project has adjusted its timeline and now plans to open in 2025. A full year earlier than initially anticipated.
Arden Precinct Metro Station: Transforming Melbourne’s Urban Landscape
Arden Station occupies a former industrial site, and its innovative design includes a remarkable feature. The first-ever platform screen doors in the state. Additionally, it boasts an eye-catching arched brick entrance and cleverly incorporated skylights, which allow natural sunlight to penetrate the station, despite being 14 meters underground.
The Arden Precinct holds promising prospects, aiming to create 34,000 jobs and house 20,000 people by 2051.
Victorian Premier Jacinta Allen expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “Not only will Arden’s future residents have access to high-quality, affordable housing, they’ll also have a new Metro station on their doorstep, connecting them to the city and to Parkville’s hospitals and universities within minutes.”
The state government is currently planning to synchronize industry and development activities in the precinct with the station’s 2025 opening. Additionally, the state government is investing over $5 billion to expand the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital. Victorian Minister Colin Brooks seeks to draw top industry talent for Arden’s urban and biomedical precinct development.
In conclusion, The Metro Tunnel project’s primary objective is to create a direct connection from the north-west to the south-east by linking the Sunbury and Cranbourne/Pakenham lines through a new tunnel beneath the CBD. Experts anticipate that this initiative will reduce congestion in the City Loop train line and increase frequency of train services.