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Flinders Street Station To Be Repainted In Its Original Colours

Flinders Street Station will be restored to its original 1910 colours as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s restoration and upgrade of the iconic Melbourne landmark.

Minister for Major Projects Jacinta Allan announced today that the current mustard colour will become a lighter, stone colour, while the maroon sections and green trimmings will be darkened, to reflect the colours the historic station was  painted when it first opened more than 100 years ago.

Flinders Street has been repainted five times since the early 1900s. Determining the original colours involved detailed forensic analysis by the University of Melbourne, to peel back the layers and find the original paint.

Repainting will happen in sections, and is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

As well as repairing and restoring Flinders Street Station’s crumbling façade, the Labor Government’s $100 million upgrade will fix the leaky roof, upgrade the entrances and make the busy station more functional for passengers.

Work is already well underway. The dingy toilets on the main concourse have been refurbished, better lighting has been installed on the platforms and repairs have begun on the administrative building.

The full upgrade is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Major Projects Jacinta Allan

“Flinders Street Station will be returned to its original colours, to reflect and celebrate the history of this iconic Melbourne landmark.”

“It’s part of our $100 million upgrade of the busy station, to return it to its former glory and make it safer, more accessible and more user friendly for the millions of passengers who use it every year.”