The Victorian government has awarded contracts to three separate alliances for the removal of seven level crossings around Melbourne. Read more
The final details have been completed at the renovated Reservoir Station and have included a focus on sustainability.
Reservoir station is the first in Victoria to have remote metering of energy and water use and features a rainwater tank to limit its draw on utility networks. Additionally, construction materials incorporated recycled glass sand in concrete, as part of a trial with the University of Melbourne and Sustainability Victoria.
The new station, which was renovated as part of the High Street level crossing removal, reopened in December 2019, and crews have now finished the civic plaza and station precinct with landscaping works involving 300 trees and 60,000 shrubs and grasses.
High Street was the 31st crossing to go as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, and the one kilometre rail bridge has supported the safe operation of trains on the Mernda line.
36,000 vehicles per day are now able to pass underneath the rail line, without having to wait for six boom gates to lift, which were down for up to 24 minutes in the two hour morning peak.
Upgrades to pedestrian and cycle links to the nearby suburbs were also completed as part of the project and the amenity of the station area improved.
Designs for Coburg and Moreland finalised
The updated station designs for Coburg and Moreland have been completed, with input from the community received.
Feedback on accessibility and separated walking and cycling paths was garnered from the community, and this has been reflect in the final design. Flexible community spaces for small events will also be part of the new stations, along with a nature-based Moreland playground design.
Coburg and Moreland stations are being upgraded as part of level crossing removals on the Upfield Line. Crossings at Moreland Road, and Reynard, Munroe, and Bell streets will e removed.