Melbourne’s Arden Station arches take shape

Work continuing on new Arden Station as part of Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel project
Image courtesy of the Victorian State Government.

Construction on the new Arden Station, which will form part of Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel project, is progressing with work on the station arches set to be completed by the end of the year.

The first of the arches, designed to reflect North Melbourne’s rich industrial history, was installed in mid-October following the installation of support columns in June.

The 15 arches are made from precast concrete lined with more than 100,000 bricks, each one laid by hand. They are made up of 45 individual segments, each weighing up to 60 tonnes.

Construction is also progressing underground, with the final concrete pours for the station’s platform surfaces almost complete.

The station’s services building is being fitted out internally with walls and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. While work also continues on collar beams, at the station’s eastern end.

Arden Station will create a sustainable transport hub within walking distance of the North Melbourne Recreation Centre, Arden Street Oval and the route 57 tram.

The station will provide wide pedestrian paths, drop-off zones and taxi bays, and more than 120 bike parking spaces.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the Arden Station arches construction would provide employment for the local area.

“It’s wonderful to see Arden Station’s brick arches taking shape, creating what will be a landmark for Melbourne’s north, bringing more jobs and more places for Victorians to live,” he said.

The station will be the first destination for Metro Tunnel passengers coming from the west on the Sunbury line. When finished, the Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more than half a million additional passengers a week during peak times across Melbourne’s train network and provide a future direct link to Melbourne Airport Rail.

The Metro Tunnel project is expected to be completed in 2025.

For more information on the Metro Tunnel project, click here.

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