Victorian Greens MP for Prahran, Sam Hibbins, has announced a local initiative for further upgrades to South Yarra station.
Further upgrades to South Yarra station would include:
- A northern entrance with a pedestrian overpass connecting all platforms.
- A new ground level entrance on Station Street.
- A new ground level entrance on Yarra Street.
The plan has been costed at $95.5 million capital expenditure by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office.
Upgrading South Yarra station has been one of Sam’s top priorities since he was first elected, which he has continuously campaigned for as a local MP.
In 2022 a $12.3 million dollar first stage of upgrades was completed with the front entrance widened, tram stop upgraded, bike parking installed and pedestrian crossing at Yarra Street put in place.
South Yarra is one of the busiest stations in metropolitan Melbourne and the population continues to grow in the adjacent Forrest Hill high-rise growth area. There is still significant congestion around the station precinct and a lack of Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant access to the station.
A survey of local residents found an extra entrance with platform overpass was the highest priority for upgrades to the existing station.
A northern entrance with platform overpass and additional ground level entrances would improve access, reduce congestion around the station and ensure DDA compliance.
Quotes attributable to Victorian Greens transport spokesperson, Sam Hibbins MP:
“Upgrading South Yarra station has been one of my top priorities as our local MP and it is finally getting the attention it needs.
“Further upgrades to South Yarra station will finish the job, ensuring the station is fully accessible to thousands of commuters that use it every day."
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