Spencer Street Station redevelopment on display
A Public Display Gallery showcasing the $700 million Spencer Street Station Redevelopment was opened today by Transport Minister Peter Batchelor.
Mr Batchelor was joined by project ambassador, Olympian Steve Moneghetti, in launching the Display Gallery which will now be open to all the public for viewing on level 1 of Spencer Street Station.
Showcasing the major transformation unfolding on site, the Display Gallery features a video presentation of the future vision for Melbourne’s most important public transport hub, a model of the redeveloped Spencer Street Station and artist’s impressions of the new interchange facility.
“The opening of the Public Display Gallery is an important milestone along the road to the realisation of this landmark project,” Mr Batchelor said.
“Southern Cross Station, as it will be known upon completion in mid-2005, is the centrepiece of the Government’s vision for a modern, integrated transport system that will deliver world-class transport services for Victorians.
“The Display Gallery will give people a feel for the scale of the project and the new station’s stylish and functional design that will offer new levels of efficiency, comfort, convenience and safety for passengers.
“I invite all Victorians, particularly regular transport users passing through, to visit the Gallery and share in the sense of excitement and anticipation felt by everyone working on the delivery of the new station.”
The Spencer Street Station Redevelopment is being undertaken by the Civic Nexus consortium in partnership with the Victorian Government and is Victoria’s biggest public private partnership.
Project ambassador Steve Moneghetti said the Gallery, which is open seven days a week, provided an excellent opportunity for regional visitors travelling through Spencer Street Station to learn more about the redevelopment.
“Having a permanent facility open every day on site means that regional Victorians can easily access a range of information about the project while they are in town,” Mr Moneghetti said.
“Regional Victorians will not only benefit from arriving in Melbourne’s first real central station, but they will travel on the new fast trains that will run between the new Southern Cross Station and the regional centres of Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.”
In addition to detailing the new transport interchange, valued at $350 million, the Display Gallery also includes information about the proposed office and residential buildings, and a retail plaza, which will add valuable services to the Docklands and breathe new life into the western edge of the CBD.
The Public Display Gallery is located on Level One of the Spencer Street Station building and is open seven days a week. Entry is free.