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Gallery: Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital tunnel

A sign at the AMT platform at Vendome station advising passengers how to access the new MUHC superhospital site on March 15, 2015.
A sign at the AMT platform at Vendome station advising passengers how to access the new MUHC superhospital site on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
Laurent Gignan from the AMT explaining how the underground access between the Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital will work on March 15, 2015.
Laurent Gignan from the AMT explaining how the underground access between the Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital will work on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
A glimpse of where the third set of AMT tracks will be laid at Vendome station on March 15, 2015.
A glimpse of where the third set of AMT tracks will be laid at Vendome station on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
Pierre Major from the MUHC has been working on the superhospital project for several years.
Pierre Major from the MUHC has been working on the superhospital project for several years. Amanda Kelly/Global News
The entrance to the connecting underground tunnel between Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital on March 13, 2015.
The entrance to the connecting underground tunnel between Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital on March 13, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
Workers enter the entrance to the connecting underground tunnel between Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital on March 13, 2015.
Workers enter the entrance to the connecting underground tunnel between Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital on March 13, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
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Exit and entry space needs to be carefully checked with firefighters at the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015.
Exit and entry space needs to be carefully checked with firefighters at the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015. Global News
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015.
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015. Global News
The entrance to the MUHC side of the connecting underground tunnel between Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital on March 13, 2015.
The entrance to the MUHC side of the connecting underground tunnel between Vendome station and the MUHC superhospital on March 13, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015.
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015.
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News
Access to the tunnel from the MUHC superhospital from the parkade and Vendome station includes an elevator.
Access to the tunnel from the MUHC superhospital from the parkade and Vendome station includes an elevator. Amanda Kelly/Global News
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Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015.
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News

IN PICTURES: A behind-the-scenes look at the access tunnel between the MUHC site and Vendome station

MONTREAL — Access to the McGill University Health Centre superhospital from its closest transport hub, the Vendome station, will be via a connecting underground tunnel.

A sign at the AMT platform at Vendome station advising passengers how to access the new MUHC superhospital site on March 15, 2015.
A sign at the AMT platform at Vendome station advising passengers how to access the new MUHC superhospital site on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News

Vendome station, which is home to a metro, commuter trains and city buses, is cut off from the hospital by train tracks, making it virtually inaccessible from the station.

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The exterior of Vendome metro and train station in Montreal on March 15, 2015.
The exterior of Vendome metro and train station in Montreal on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News

The station welcomes 19,000 metro riders per day and 8,700 AMT commuter train passengers — and numbers are expected to rise when the superhospital opens its doors on April 26, 2015.

A glimpse of where the third set of AMT tracks will be laid at Vendome station on March 15, 2015.
A glimpse of where the third set of AMT tracks will be laid at Vendome station on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News

Instead of walking outside along de Maisonneuve Boulevard to Decarie Boulevard to the MUHC superhospital, as of June, Montrealers will be able to get to the hospital from the station via a 34-metre-long underground tunnel.

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Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015.
Inside the Vendome station-MUHC superhospital underground access tunnel on March 15, 2015. Amanda Kelly/Global News

The underground tunnel project faced many challenges: how to make it as accessible as possible for as many users as possible, how to ensure it was safe for passengers in case of emergency, not to mention how to complete the work in one of the city’s busiest metro stations.

The STM and AMT worked with firefighters to ensure safe access to and exit from the Vendome station – MUHC superhospital access tunnel is safe for those entering and exiting.
The STM and AMT worked with firefighters to ensure safe access to and exit from the Vendome station – MUHC superhospital access tunnel is safe for those entering and exiting. Amanda Kelly/Global News

Advocates for those with reduced mobility have been frustrated because there is no elevator access to the tunnel from the STM metro station or the AMT commuter train platforms.

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Access from the AMT commuter train platforms to the connecting tunnel is via stairs.
Access from the AMT commuter train platforms to the connecting tunnel is via stairs. Tim Sargeant/Global News

There is an elevator where the tunnel connects to the MUHC superhospital, and officials have confirmed that a second tunnel is in the works that will include elevator access from both the metro and the commuter train platforms.

Access to the tunnel from the MUHC superhospital from the parkade and Vendome station includes an elevator.
Access to the tunnel from the MUHC superhospital from the parkade and Vendome station includes an elevator. Amanda Kelly/Global News