Updated designs can now be viewed by the public for a new station and station precinct as part of the Union Road, Surrey Hills, and Mont Albert Road level crossing removal project in Melbourne’s east.
The updated designs were released by the Level Crossing Removal Project following community feedback on the project, with over 5000 pieces feedbacks received. Feedback included requests for a design which would reflect the heritage of the local area.
The new station will provide better facilities for patrons, as well as more train services which will connect with Lorne Parade Reserve.
The new station platforms will be located less than 150 metres from the current Surrey Hills Station and less than 400 metres from the current Mont Albert Station. There will be entrances at both ends of the station platforms, so for most people this will mean no more than an extra five minute walk.
The project will also deliver improved safety, less congestion, new pedestrian and cycling paths and an upgraded commuter car park.
Community consultation is now being sought on the proposed stations design elements, artwork locations and planting references.
Around 22,000 vehicles travel through the level crossings each day, with the boom gates down for up to 40 per cent of the two-hour morning peak when up to 61 trains travel through them.
The level crossing removal at Union and Mont Albert Road will help to increase the safety of the dangerous crossing, which had at least eight near misses occurring since 2005 and two fatalities from a car collision in 2016.
The project has been fast-tracked by the Victorian Government, bringing the expected project deadline forward to 2023.
For more information about the updated designs, click here.