University welcomes Parkville station commitment

February 15 / 152

State government plans to commence work on a new multi-billion dollar underground rail line, with a stop in Parkville, have been warmly welcomed by the University.

Premier Daniel Andrews announced the establishment of the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, paving the way for construction of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.

The largest rail project in the state since the City Loop, the line would have five stations in total and run underneath Swanston Street.  Parkville will be joined on the line by new underground stations at Arden, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil congratulated the government on the project, which will provide a huge boost to the University and its partners.

“The University is at the heart of the largest biomedical precinct in the Southern Hemisphere that includes 10,000 staff in major teaching hospitals, medical research institutes and biotechnology companies.”

“And with last year’s official opening of the Peter Doherty Institute, and the forthcoming completion of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the area is only growing in importance.”

“We are looking forward to working with the State government to enhance access for students and the Victorian community to this growing precinct which is important to Melbourne’s future,” concluded Professor Sheil.

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