From the official Metro Tunnel website. We note it pay little attention to the major problems this design produces.
Domain Station location and access
The new Domain Station is proposed to be located under St Kilda Road, near the intersection with Albert and Domain roads.
Domain Station is strategically placed to ease pressure on the St Kilda Road / Swanston Street tram corridor, which is the busiest tram corridor in the world and is currently experiencing significant crowding issues. It will feature a convenient, direct train – tram interchange within a new tram super stop on St Kilda Road.
It will also make it easier to visit some of Melbourne’s most valued parks and attractions such as the Shrine of Remembrance, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Albert Park.
The Metro Tunnel will travel from the new CBD South Station under the Yarra River, Domain Parklands and St Kilda Road and arrive at Domain Station. The alignment then curves towards Toorak Road and heads towards the eastern tunnel entrance in South Yarra.
Domain Station will be accessed from three entry points, located near:
- the outer edge of the Shrine of Remembrance grounds
- Albert Road Reserve
- in the middle of St Kilda Road, where a relocated Domain Tram Interchange will provide passengers a quick and convenient interchange between trains and trams.
Access between the street level and the station platforms will be provided via escalators, stairs and lifts.
The station entrances are strategically placed to provide a pedestrian walkway underneath busy St Kilda Road, improving safety for the many pedestrians that use the precinct.
We are working closely with major stakeholders in the area, including the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip, to identify where there are other opportunities to improve pedestrian access around the Domain Station precinct.
Domain Station will be a Zone 1 station on the Sunbury to Pakenham / Cranbourne line.
The station’s ventilation shafts will circulate air from the station concourse, platforms and tunnels for the comfort of passengers. They will also include exhaust systems that, in the event of an emergency, will quickly remove fumes from the station and tunnels. The Metro Tunnel will be used exclusively by electric trains.
It is proposed that Domain Station’s ventilation shafts will be located in the St Kilda Road median and near Bowen Crescent. Station utilities will be kept below ground where possible, however ventilation structures will be located at street level to access fresh air. The exact location and design of the ventilation shafts will be determined in consultation with key stakeholders as part of the project’s planning phase.
The project initially proposed to build two small shafts along the tunnel alignment in the Domain area to provide emergency services with access to the Metro Tunnel. Following further work, an emergency access shaft is no longer required at Fawkner Park or Linlithgow Avenue. A site at Linlithgow Avenue may be used as a potential temporary secondary access to the TBM tunnels if required by the appointed contractor.
We are continuing to refine the construction approach to determine the best way to reduce impacts on the surrounding parklands and minimise the construction footprint in the Shrine of Remembrance grounds.