Improvements to safety across Melbourne are continuing as works to install more than 100 permanent barriers and bollards at Flinders Street Station and Princes Bridge begin.
The Flinders Street Station works include the installation of 20 bollards, an eight-metre long reinforced barrier and the completion of a 130 square metre expansion to the forecourt under the iconic clocks. This is in addition to 35 bollards installed in December 2018.
As part of the project, the pedestrian crossing in front of Flinders Street Station and Young & Jackson will also be expanded to improve pedestrian flow for around 25,000 people who use the intersection at peak times every day.
The temporary water-filled barriers on Princes Bridge will be replaced with 88 reinforced blocks, following extensive consultation with Heritage Victoria, heritage architects, Victoria Police and security experts.
These works will significantly improve safety and ease congestion for pedestrians in one of the city’s most prominent public spaces. The project will prioritise security improvements across the CBD, including permanent physical protections at nine locations and a new public address and CCTV system.
Permanent bollards have already been installed at Bourke Street Mall, while concept designs have been completed at six other sites including Olympic Boulevard and the State Library, with works due to begin this year.
A public address and CCTV system upgrade is also being rolled out across 95 locations, with the majority of sites now fully installed and operational.
The project is being delivered by the Community Safety Building Authority in conjunction with the City of Melbourne and Victoria Police. It forms part of the Victorian Government’s $52.5 million investment into public security projects across key locations around the city.
Protective zones for pedestrians have been created at nine of Melbourne’s busiest and most prominent pedestrian sites including Flinders Street Station, Southbank Promenade, Olympic Boulevard, Queen Victoria Market and Federation Square.