Is this the right way to name our stations?

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

Opinion article by Dave Jones, acting manager, Public Transport and Mobility

The Melbourne Metro Tunnel is a vital project for Melbourne that will change how our train network operates. Now the State Government is giving Victorians an opportunity to name each of the five new stations.

But is a public competition the best way to name stations? An expert panel will (hopefully) prevent Victoria ending up with Station McStationface.

When on an unfamiliar train line, station names are the only navigational aid to help passengers decide where to get off. It’s not just an issue for tourists. Victorians on the train to a new job, a weekend trip to see friends, families on a school holiday excursion, or worker travelling to meet a new client – all may be unfamiliar with station names along a line.

We’ve been lucky with recent station namings. South Morang, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale are self-explanatory. They’re named after the suburbs they’re in.

Then there’s Southern Cross. Should it be renamed Spencer Street or Docklands?

So what are my suggestions for the stations in the Melbourne Metro project? Each has a ‘working name’ used by those running the project. The following table gives my suggestions for a new name.

Working name                  RACV suggestions
Arden                                   Arden
Parkville                               Parkville or Melbourne University
CBD North                           RMIT University or State Library
CBD South                           Town Hall, City Square or St Pauls
Domain                                Domain or Shrine

What do you think? Read the naming criteria and make your suggestions at http://metrotunnel.vic.gov.au/stations by 22 October 2017.

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