Thursday, 7 June 2012

SOUTHERN CROSS STATION

Southern Cross (formerly Spencer Street) is a major railway station and transport hub in Melbourne Docklands, Victoria, Australia. It is located on Spencer Street between Collins and La Trobe Streets at the western edge of the central business district.

The station is the terminus of the state's regional railway network operated by V/Line, The Overland rail service to Adelaide, and the Countrylink XPT service to Sydney. It is one of five stations on the City Loop, a mostly underground railway that encircles the CBD. Based upon suburban passenger boardings it is the third busiest railway station in Melbourne, in 2009 the average was 42,900 per day. These figures exclude V/Line passengers that also use the station.


Southern Cross Station also has a coach terminal under the shopping complex, from which operates the Skybus Super Shuttle service to Melbourne Airport and Sunbus Shuttle service to Avalon Airport; Greyhound Australia, Firefly Express Coaches, Premier Motor Service interstate coach services; and V/Line coach services to Mildura, Yarram, Mansfield and other non-rail served towns.

Southern Cross was redeveloped by the Civic Nexus consortium, following an innovative design by Grimshaw Architects which features an undulating roof. Construction began in October 2002 and was completed in late 2006, with the majority of the transport facilities finished in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The central features of the design include a wave-shaped roof, a new entrance and concourse on Collins Street, a new bus interchange, a new food court, a bar/restaurant, separate retail outlets inside the station and a separate shopping complex between Bourke and La Trobe Streets.

This post is part of Lesley's Signs, Signs meme.






15 comments:

  1. It's funny - it took me ages to feel right saying "southern cross" but now, when reading that first sentence, "spencer street" sounded weird. The roof soffit is quite fabulous - quite a feat.

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  2. Hi there - I think there would be some great pictures to be made if they let us on the roof.

    I think I like the 3rd shots best - it shows the waves in the roof.

    Stewart M

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  3. What a great looking station, Nick, and terrific captures! I do love your composition as always. And the night shot is beautiful! Hope you have a fun weekend with your family!

    Sylvia

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  4. How huge! So beautiful and bright. :)

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  5. Wow - that ceiling pattern made me dizzy!!!

    For being a train station, this is certainly an architecturally interesting building!

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  6. This is beautiful. What lovely photography. I love railway stations. What sweeping views.
    Thanks Nick.

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  7. Great shots of the station!

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  8. I love seeing inside train stations. They are just somehow fascinating to me. This one looks very modern.

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  9. Wow, this place looks huge!
    that undulating (what a great word!) roof is quit a feat of engineering.

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  10. Looks indeed huge a place to be. Wonderful where alike is possible. Please have a good Friday.

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  11. Southern Cross has a stunning, wavey roofline! Great perspectives!

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  12. Hi Nick,
    The station ceiling looks cool!

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  13. Wonderful wide angle perspective of the station !

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  14. I usually don't like train stations but your photos are so nice that... I like this one!

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