ABC: Napthine Government considering other options on Metro rail project. Updated Mon 17 Feb 2014, 12:07pm AEDT
Government considering other options on Metro rail project
PHOTO: The construction could close large parts of Swanston St, including Flinders Street station, for up to two years. (Supplied)
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Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says the proposed route for a new rail tunnel through central Melbourne would divide the city “like the Berlin Wall.”
The Government is considering changes to the $9 billion Metro rail project which would run through the CBD from Kensington to South Yarra.
The project would significantly boost the city’s passenger and freight rail capacity.
Under the proposed route, the construction of the tunnel would see large parts of Swanston Street, including Flinders Street Station, out of action for up to two years.
Dr Napthine says the disruption would be too great.
“Having a massive hole dividing Melbourne would be worse than the Berlin wall,” he said.
Dr Napthine will not confirm what changes could be made to the original plan, but he says a number of options are being considered.
“It would be irresponsible if the Government didn’t look at all the options, all of the information available to get the best outcome for Melbourne and Victoria and that’s what we’re on about,” he said.