Melbourne’s getting a new metro line to ease that inner-city commute and the Victorian government wants you to name it.
The train line which has five new stations will join the city network in 2026. The new stations at Arden, Parkville and Domain and the south and north ends of Swanston Street are in need of naming, and the Victorian Government is giving Australians an opportunity to name a little piece of Melbourne. Entries need to be lodged online before the October 22nd cut off. The name must be no longer than three words or 25 characters unless an Indigenous name is submitted. The name also has to be geography or heritage related. Names of notable Australians will also be accepted.
Unfortunately for all those who think Station McStation face is a fitting name, the premier Daniel Andrews has vetoed Boaty mc Boatface, station Mcstationface and Trainy Mc Trainface, posting on Facebook that Aussies should "Try to come up with something more original.”
We want as many Victorians as possible to have their say on what they'd like the five new underground stations to be named.
The new underground will include two new tunnels and platforms sanctioned off by a plastic wall with screen doors. The new design is intended to keep commuters safe as well as create a sound barrier.
Premier Andrews believes these doors are a critical and defining element of the new stations. They will prevent suicides and train injury as well as acting as climate control, blocking out the harsh wind that is often pushed around the city Loop.
Screen doors on platforms are quite common globally. However, this will be the first appearance of the doors in Australia. Andrew is also suggesting high-capacity signaling, allowing 30 trains to come through the station per hour.
You can throw away the timetable. Trains will be there every two or three minutes.
If you have a suggestion that’s not Station McStation Face, the Melbourne government wants to know.