State Government must act on Metro Rail

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Federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, today met with Federal Member for Higgins, Kelly O’Dwyer, and Chapel Street Precinct President, John Lotton, at South Yarra Station.

Mr Taylor is responsible for ensuring Australia’s growing cities are efficient, productive and liveable and that we plan for the future by building the right infrastructure today.

The State Government’s failure to include a South Yarra interchange in the new Melbourne Metro Rail Project makes no sense.

“Currently, under the Andrews Government’s plans, the new Metro rail line will not stop at South Yarra Station despite passing just 80 metres from it,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“South Yarra Station is the busiest station outside the City Loop, with a rapidly growing population that must be catered for,” she said.

More than $860 million has been put on the table by the Federal Government for the Metro Rail Project under the Asset Recycling Initiative and rejected by the Andrews Government.

“Connecting South Yarra Station to Melbourne Metro will benefit local residents, small businesses and people right across south-eastern Melbourne,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“I will continue to fight alongside the community for South Yarra Station to be included in Melbourne Metro. We must get this right the first time.”

Mr Taylor said “It is clear that South Yarra Station is critical to Victorian infrastructure development. I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to have seen first-hand the challenges the precinct faces.”

Mr Lotton said “Upgrading our public transport infrastructure at South Yarra Station and connecting the station to Melbourne Metro is critical to the many small businesses in Victoria’s premier retail and hospitality precinct.”