Works to upgrade Balaclava Station are well underway, with the project recently reaching an important milestone.
At the station, inspecting the progress of works, with Public Transport Victoria (PTV) CEO Mark Wild and City of Port Phillip Mayor Councillor Amanda Stevens, Member for Caulfield David Southwick said the Protective Services Officer (PSO) building structure was lifted by crane onto Platform 1.
“The project has reached an important milestone, as the Protective Services Officer building structure was lifted by crane over the rail embankment and into position on Platform 1.
“The project team will now prepare the structure for the internal fit-out and installation of the new communications equipment.
Mr Southwick said the Balaclava Station Upgrade would improve safety and security and provide a more welcoming station for the community.
“The Balaclava Station Upgrade will improve access to the station, deliver new shelters and amenities and help to create a more welcoming and comfortable station for customers.
“Balaclava Station will also feel safer with a new booking office to be staffed from first to last train, increased lighting, closed circuit television (CCTV) and Protective Service Officers manning the station from 6pm until the last train.
“Customers will also benefit from an additional six myki readers across both platforms, helping to improve passenger flows during the busiest times,” Mr Southwick said.
Mr Southwick said when works are complete Balaclava Station would be completely transformed.
“When the upgrade is complete, the station will be almost unrecognisable, with new stairs, waiting rooms and toilet facilities and DDA compliant ramp access.
“The upgrade will also provide a smooth transition from the Carlisle Street precinct for the community and over 3,000 passengers each weekday using the station.
City of Port Phillip Mayor, Councillor Amanda Stevens said she was pleased with the rate of works already achieved.
“Council is looking forward to helping deliver the vision set out in the Balaclava Walk Master Plan.
“The Balaclava Station Urban Renewal Project is an example of outstanding collaboration between Public Transport Victoria, VicTrack and the City of Port Phillip. “We thank the State Government for its commitment and support in delivering such an important piece of civic infrastructure,” Cr Stevens said.
Public Transport Victoria CEO Mark Wild said Balaclava Station’s entry points have relocated while construction takes place on the new accessible ramps from Carlisle Street.
“The project team have been working behind the blue platform hoarding to prepare for construction of the new accessible ramps and station buildings,” Mr Wild said.
Mr Wild also reminded locals to allow extra time to access the station platforms during construction.
“While Balaclava Station is under construction, customers should allow an extra five minutes to follow the detour to the platform entries,” Mr Wild said.
Until October 2014 there will be no access to Balaclava Station from Carlisle Street.
The Platform 1 entry ramp is located at the end of Marlborough Street, access via Carlisle, Woodstock and Nightingale Streets.
The Platform 2 entry is located on Stuart Street, access via Carlisle, William and Nightingale streets.
The Balaclava Station Upgrade is expected to be complete by October 2014.
For further information please visit ptv.vic.gov.au/balaclavaupgrade