The construction of the new Arden Station in Melbourne is now complete, with testing set to get underway soon on what is the first of five new stations being delivered as part of the Metro Tunnel project.
The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south east, with bigger and more modern trains, and 5 new stations.
Work is continuing on the other four underground stations – Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac – with Parkville expected to be the next station to be finished.
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Arden Station’s completion was brought forward so it could become a test case for the remaining stations. Over the coming months, the project team will test station systems to make sure they work together.
This includes passenger information displays, platform screen doors and ventilation. They will troubleshoot issues and run software updates before rolling these systems out at the other stations.
The new Arden Station will open in 2025 as part of the Sunbury to Cranbourne/Pakenham line. The Metro Tunnel is also expected to open in 2025.
The project, and its new High-Capacity Metro Trains, will make room for an extra 121,000 peak-hour passengers every week, an increase of 45 per cent.