Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: what is the latest information on the plan to upgrade South Yarra station? Earlier this year commuters were pleased to see that finally $2 million was allocated to start planning for an upgrade to South Yarra station. This is after years of neglect, 1300 signatures on my 'Upgrade South Yarra station' petition and hundreds of submissions to my commuters survey. Residents are now keen to know what progress has been made and when community consultation will occur.
My survey showed that commuters priorities were for a northern entrance, an expanded front foyer, maintaining heritage character and a safe pedestrian crossing at Yarra Street. With more and more high-rise towers going up right next door in Forest Hill and a growing population it is absolutely critical that residents have their say, and that once the plan is completed funding is allocated so that South Yarra gets the upgrades it needs.
The South Yarra Station Planning Study is underway. Over two years, the Study will investigate options to address current challenges in the short term, while also developing a medium and long-term master plan for the station and surrounding precinct.
Transport for Victoria, VicRoads, Metro Trains Melbourne and Yarra Trams are identifying priorities for action around the existing station building, the Toorak Road interface and adjoining Yarra Street.
At this stage of the Study, the City of Stonnington has committed to providing the key inputs from a community perspective.
The Metro Tunnel will provide enormous benefits to passengers using South Yarra station, with turn up and go services and seamless connections to new destinations.
Hon Jacinta Allan MP
Member for Bendigo East