Coalition delivers $13.3 million Balaclava railway station upgrade

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Balaclava railway station is receiving a comprehensive $13.3 million makeover with Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder on Tuesday inspecting works and announcing that the construction contract had been awarded to McConnell Dowell Construction (MacDow).

Dr Napthine said that this was great news for commuters in the inner southern suburbs.

“Since coming to office the Victorian Coalition Government has introduced 1,078 extra weekly suburban train trips, and the rebuilding of Balaclava station will improve peak hour train frequency on the Sandringham line,” Dr Napthine said.
Mr Mulder said it was great to see that these vital works are already underway at the station.

“Balaclava station is used by more than 3,000 passengers each weekday and these vital works will improve the station for commuters with new stairs, wider platforms with wheelchair shelters, improved passenger information, waiting rooms and toilet facilities. Importantly, new station canopies will be installed to improve weather protection and ramps will be changed so that the station is DDA compliant,” Mr Mulder said.
“In addition, the works will also ensure a safer station for commuters with a new booking office to be staffed from first to last train, improved CCTV cameras and facilities for Protective Services Officers (PSOs) to patrol from 6pm until the last train.

Mr Mulder thanked the local community for providing feedback during consultation last year, which he said played a key role in shaping the station’s final designs.
“Travellers will now benefit from an additional six myki validators across both platforms, helping to improve passenger flows during the busiest times,” Mr Mulder said.

Member for Caulfield David Southwick said the upgrade would improve safety and security.
“The Coalition Government’s PSOs have already shown their value at many Melbourne stations. Their great work will be complemented by wider coverage from more modern CCTV cameras, while the wider platforms should help to reduce crowding during the morning and afternoon weekday peak period,” Mr Southwick said.

“The station upgrade will not only benefit passengers from Balaclava and East St Kilda but also complement other local initiatives, such as the City of Port Phillip’s ‘Balaclava Walk’ project that is improving the walkway between Carlisle and Nightingale Streets,” Mr Newton-Brown said.
MacDow will undertake the works in partnership with Metro Trains Melbourne and Public Transport Victoria (PTV).

Works are underway, and will be completed in early 2014.
PTV encourages residents with any questions about the project to call 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily) or email ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au. Further information is at the project website at http://ptv.vic.gov.au/balaclavaupgrade.

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