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Works to improve Oakleigh Station will start this month as a part of a transformation that will provide better facilities and greater accessibility for the community.
Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today announced the start of work on the Oakleigh Station Upgrade, which is designed to reinvigorate the station precinct while keeping trains running.
Once complete, this upgrade will provide a safer and more user-friendly experience for those accessing the station and the Oakleigh shopping precinct.
A shallow, dated underpass currently exists as the only pedestrian crossing between north and south sides of the station, with commuters having to access a central island for city-bound services.
This upgrade will bring the underpass up to modern standards and redesign access ramps on both sides, providing a more accessible, modern connection for all users. There will be two new lifts installed, better lighting and security cameras, and new canopies to provide better protection from the weather.
The redesign will see commuters also benefit from direct access to city-bound services from Haughton Road, which will reduce congestion in the underpass.
Oakleigh Station will remain open during construction to ensure that regular train and bus services are maintained for commuters, with some temporary changes to station access and car parking required to facilitate works.
In partnership with the Level Crossing Removal Project and Metro Trains Melbourne, an Alliance comprising Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP and Aurecon will deliver this work.
This team has already successfully removed nine level crossings and constructed five new elevated stations between Caulfield and Dandenong. Locals will be enjoying their upgraded Oakleigh station facilities by mid-2020, with some minor works to be completed later in the year.
Visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au for more information and to sign up for email updates.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan
“This important station upgrade will make it safer and easier for people to get to where they need to go safer and sooner.”
“In addition to an upgraded station, commuters on the Cranbourne and Pakenham line will have the Metro Tunnel, delivering turn up and go services and saving 50 minutes off their journey.”
Quote attributable to Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos
“The Oakleigh Station Upgrade will give the entire station precinct a much-needed facelift, with modern facilities and better access bringing this busy hub up to an improved standard that people expect and deserve.”
This article first appeared on www.premier.vic.gov.au
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