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Melbourne's iconic symbol - Flinders Street Railway Station is headed for some crucial changes. Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited the Melbourne icon today to detail works to make the station safer, brighter and more user-friendly. These works are in addition to the new, faster, next-generation myki readers that were installed on all gates last month.
Flinders Street railway station serves the entire metropolitan rail network with over 92,6000 daily entries per weekday recorded in the 2011/12 fiscal year.
It was the first railway station in an Australian city and the world's busiest passenger station in the late 1920s. Flinders Street Station is more than 100 years old and is the busiest station in Victoria, with more than 26 million passenger trips a year.
The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city's most recognisable landmarks.
Did you know that is is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks" refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the time-tabled time of departure for trains on each line; another idiom, "I'll meet you on the steps", refers to the wide staircase underneath these clocks.
WHAT ARE THE CHANGES BEING IMPLEMENTED AT FLINDERS?
From next week, lighting on platforms will be upgraded and redundant departure and signage boards will be removed.
Further improvements – including better access to the station and platforms, upgrades to the dingy toilets and installation of bigger, more helpful passenger information boards – will follow over the coming months.
Urgent works to repair the building's crumbling exterior and clock tower, and fix the leaky roof will also begin in the coming months.
Ms Allan also announced that Major Projects Victoria has begun work on a business case for the restoration of the interior of the Administration Building, and its potential future use.
It will consider a range of redevelopment options, including what could be done with the Station’s historic, decaying ballroom.
“Over the coming months, we’ll fix the roof, restore the façade and give the station a new lick of paint. We’ll also make it safer and more user-friendly for passengers, with brighter lighting, better access and clear information.”Flinders Street Station should be the pride of our city, and we’re investing the money, time and effort to return it to its former glory,” Acting Premier and Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan said.