Back in August, the state government announced Victorians would get a say in naming the five new Metro Tunnel stations. It is slated to open in 2026 and is predicted to cost $11 billion.
A panel was put together to screen the submissions after a poll to name a research vessel in the UK returned overwhelming support for naming the ship Boaty McBoatface.
Now that panel has made its decision.
What was called Arden station when the survey was released will be North Melbourne Station. Confusingly North Melbourne Station will be called West Melbourne Station. North Melbourne Football Club supporters were pushing for Arden station to be changed to Shinboner Station.
Parkville Station will remain unchanged. The station will sit beneath Grattan Street near Royal Parade. It provides access to Melbourne University and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The southernmost station at St Kilda Road and Albert Road will be called Anzac Station. Its proximity to the Shrine of Remembrance led to many submissions being made referring to the country’s military history.
Sitting at the northern end of the CBD, State Library station will provide access to RMIT and its namesake. It will also include an underground pedestrian connection to Melbourne Central Station.
Yesterday Premier Daniel Andrews revealed that the name of what has been tentatively called “CBD South Station” will be named Town Hall.
The survey received 10,000 submissions in its first two days and more than 50,000 submissions by the close of the survey. Unsurprisingly, many of the early favourites were less than sensible.
Suggestions for the State Library station included Kath & Kim and Winterfell (apt for CBD North), an idea that Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin even threw his support behind.
Thanks for being a buzz-kill, Metro Tunnel Authority advisory panel. MMRA CEO Evan Tattersall, you had the chance to do something great for your city, but sadly, you blew it.