The new Metro train tunnel being built in Melbourne is a wonderful thing. We will be able to walk 500 metres, go down a lift or escalator to the underground station, wait just a few minutes for a train, be whisked into the city, and catch a lift or escalator up to the major corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets. Maximum door to door time should be fifteen minutes.
Now, we walk out our front door, cross the road to the tram stop, wait a minute of so and catch a tram to the very centre of the city. Maximum time 15 minutes. Oh, so maybe not so good for us, but what the Metro Tunnel will do is free up the overloaded St Kilda Road trams.
But there was forward planning that almost seems like it was directly meant to service us. The station platforms extend down St Kilda Road and while the entrance is distance away from us, the end of the platforms are not and are right in front of out building, albeit underground. The road and tram tracks will be reconfigured as completion of Metro Tunnel approaches and an initially unplanned entrance for us nearby will be opened. How good is that! It will just be a lift opening at the point where you can see the present covering lid. This now makes it a serious option for us.
The concrete patch is where the lift shaft and opening will be.