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$300 million Southern Cross Station overhaul flagged after booming passenger numbers

OCTOBER 4 2016 - 5:45PM Josh Gordon

Train commuters facing congestion at Southern Cross Station  Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Southern Cross would be dramatically overhauled under a $300 million plan to cope with an unprecedented surge in patronage that is threatening the station's ability to function.

Barely 10 years after the station formerly known as Spencer Street was rebuilt, Fairfax Media can reveal Southern Cross is now struggling to deal with passenger numbers.

Growth has been so acute the station could soon rival Melbourne Airport as one of the state's busiest transport hubs, with long queues to access overloaded platforms and an overburdened coach terminal.

As a result, the station's owner, AssetCo, a subsidiary of industry superannuation behemoth IFM, has lodged an unsolicited bid proposal believed to be worth about $300 million that includes a new elevated bridge running down the middle of the station to provide extra access to its 16 platforms.

Fairfax Media has learned that IFM wants to extend the lease, in return for the meeting the costs to dramatically boost the capacity of the station, including the elevated walkway spanning the length of the station, boosting the size of platforms and overhauling the coach terminal.

The station is already believed to be handling around 25 million passenger visits a year, and is approaching 30 million.

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It is about bloody time. In fact, the southern elevated concourse should have some of the retail clutter removed and the northern end also needs to be opened up a lot more, as it is very narrow and congested.

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