Flinders Street Station upgrade
Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station is nearing the end of a $100 million-dollar upgrade to ensure that our city landmark is protected for current and future generations. Works are due for completion by early 2018.
The Flinders Street Station Upgrade is being delivered in two programs: repair and restoration to the main administration building, and works to improve the passenger experience including improved flow and amenities.
Flinders Street Station original colours and façade repairs
Flinders Street has been repainted five times since the early 1900s. Determining the original colours involved detailed forensic analysis by the University of Melbourne, to peel back the layers and find the original paint.
The station's exterior has now been restored to its original 1910 colour scheme and the majestic grandeur its architects, Fawcett and Ashworth, originally intended.
More than 5000 litres of paint were used to repaint the station.
The works included extensive restoration and repairs of the façade, awning, doors and windows which have all been returned to their original colour scheme.
Flinders Street Station clock restoration and tower stabilisation
The historic Flinders Street Station clock was built by Melbourne clock maker F. Zeigler and was installed in 1907.
In early 2018, contractors temporarily stopped the clock, stabilised the clock tower’s structure and repaired the mechanism.
Cleaning in the clock tower included the removal of 10 tonnes of bird guano.
These works give renewed life to this much loved iconic feature of Melbourne’s cityscape.
Elizabeth Street Subway access improvements
Access within Flinders Street Station was improved with the reopening of an original internal staircase connecting the subway and Platform 1.
A new entry from the western end of Platform 10 allows passengers to directly access Northbank and platforms 10, 12 and 13.
This new entrance features next-generation myki barriers, ticketing facilities, weather protection and lighting.
The Elizabeth Street subway toilets have been fully refurbished, with all original heritage features maintained.
The location of the male and female toilets was swapped based on size and layout to better service the users of each facility.
Unisex accessible and parent-room facilities have also been included in the refurbishment.
The main concourse toilets also received a complete refurbishment as part of the project.
The cleaner and more accessible facilities were previously amongst the most complained about on the network and have been upgraded in response to passenger feedback submitted to us.
Capacity in both the male and female toilets has been increased to reduce waiting time during peak periods as well as improving access to the DDA compliant bathroom.
Flinders Street tile restoration
Restorative works are happening to clean, repair or replace the tiles that line the centre subways of Flinders Street.
These tiles are part of Melbourne’s architectural heritage, dating from when the station was built in the first decade of the 20th century.
Over the past 100 years they've accumulated dirt and grime, with some of the tiles chipped, broken, water or graffiti damaged.
Work is expected to be completed by early 2019.