The $13.3 million refurbishment of the Balaclava Railway Station recommenced in January and once complete in October 2014 will improve the transport experience of the 3000 commuters who utilise the station each day.
Community feedback received last year played a key role in shaping the design of the upgrade that will see greater shelter provided at the station as well as new ramps, stairs and wider platforms introduced making access easier for wheelchairs and prams.
Additional myki readers will also be added along with improved passenger information, a waiting room and toilet facilities.
Completion of construction works later in the year will also elevate Balaclava Station to Premium Station status, meaning the station will be staffed from first train to last every day of the week.
“I am glad that works have recommenced following the soil contamination issues that impacted construction works last year and I want to thank commuters for their patience.
Once the refurbishment is complete, Balaclava will have a great station which has been long overdue,” Member for Caulfield David Southwick MP said.
During the construction phase access to Platform 1 via the existing ramp from Carlisle Street will be closed until August 2014. Platform 1 access will now be via a temporary ramp at the end of Marlborough Street. Station users are encouraged to access Marlborough Street via Carlisle, Woodstock and Nightingale Streets.
Platform 2 access via the existing ramp from Carlisle Street will remain open until further notice.
The Marlborough Street car park will also be closed until October 2014.
The upgrade of the station complements other local initiatives and development in the area, such as the City of Port Phillip’s ‘Balaclava Walk’ project.
Image: David at a Balaclava Railway Station Upgrade Project community update session with PTV