15 August 2016
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is strongly supportive of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project as a major infrastructure project for all Victorians. We also support the construction of the Parkville Station and the benefits it will bring to our patients, visitors and staff, and future opportunities for the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital serves a community of more than 1 million Victorians, which is expected to grow significantly; and with access and parking already at capacity, it is essential we have safe, efficient and environmentally sustainable public transport links available to our patients, visitors, staff and broader community.
In 2014/15, The Royal Melbourne Hospital City Campus, one of Australia’s busiest hospitals, treated almost 90,000 admitted inpatients, 637,000 outpatient attendances, 66,000 emergency attendances and 25,000 emergency transportations.
We have already established a good working relationship with the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) to ensure that patient and pedestrian safety during and after construction is a priority, emergency access to and from the hospital remains unimpeded and consideration is given to future developments in the precinct.
To ensure a coordinated response is provided to the MMRA throughout the course of this major infrastructure project, Melbourne Health is working with key Melbourne Biomedical Precinct partners so that the needs of hospitals and research institutes in the vicinity are taken into account before, during and after construction of the Parkville Station.
We believe that the development of a rail network will improve the connectivity of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct within Parkville. Strong public transport linkages will help the precinct achieve its vision of becoming a globally renowned centre of excellence in health care, biomedical research and education.
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