After two long months of public consultation and more than 50,000 suggestions a decision has been made for Melbourne Metro’s newest station names.
The decision was made by a panel chaired by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority’s chief executive. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the government went with the “common sense option” in choosing station names.
The government asked the public to name five new railway stations to be built as part of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel project earlier this year.
The station known as Arden will now be known as North Melbourne, which is set to cause some confusion for commuters, as there is already a North Melbourne station which has been operational since 1859.
North Melbourne station will now be called West Melbourne, while the Parkville station located between beneath Grattan Street near Royal Parade will remain unchanged, providing access to Melbourne University along with the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
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CBD North will be named State Library and will provide access to RMIT and the Melbourne State Library, along with the new station under City Square known as CBD South near Swanson Street now being referred to as Town Hall.
Domain station, located at St Kilda Road and Albert Road will be called Anzac station due to its close proximity to the Shrine of Remembrance with many submissions referring to the countries military history.
The panel was appointed to ensure that the station names weren’t hijacked by humourous or tongue-in-cheek names, although that didn’t dissuade Richmond fans who lobbied for Dustin Martin to have a station named after him.
The Premier wryly noted that he perhaps underestimated the popularity of the television show, Game of Thrones, with Winterfell, Stark and Tully being put forward as popular options.
“Station McStationface is probably not a great name for a station, but many people didn’t necessarily agree with me,” the Premier said.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said that the “common sense” names were some of the most popular suggestions from the public.
“These names reflect the places and history of Melbourne — and are part of the huge transformation the project is delivering to our city and state,” she said.
“The point about inviting Victorians to have a say was to be sure we had the whole range of options available to us.”
The suggestions that were chosen as the final station name will receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Metro Tunnel, as well as a sneak peak of the station they named just before it opens to the public.
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