Facelift for Flinders St entrance

The entrance to platform 10 at Flinders Street Station on the Northbank will receive a much-needed upgrade.

Acting Premier James Merlino joined Acting Public Transport Minister Luke Donnellan at Flinders Street Station on January 15 to announce the upgrades as part of the government’s $100 million redevelopment of the iconic station.

Construction started in early January, which will provide access from platform 10 to Southbank Promenade via the Evan Walker Bridge and ease congestion at the Elizabeth St underpass.

The new entrance will provide another fully accessible entry to the station that will open in April.

Works to upgrade the underpass, which has long been in a state of disrepair, will also be carried out as part of the construction of the new entrance.

Minister Merlino said the works were long overdue.

“Flinders Street is the heart of our train system and the heart of our city – we’re restoring it and making it more accessible, safe and user friendly for passengers,” he said.

The government also announced that it had awarded a $70 million contract to engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson to deliver significant improvements to fire safety systems within three City Loop stations.

The improvements include new platform smoke extraction systems, upgraded station sprinklers, improved emergency information and a new alarm system.

The entire project will be completed by the end of 2019.

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