Works to upgrade Balaclava Station are nearing completion, with the opening of the new Platform 1 ramp, providing a milestone for improved accessibility.
Member for Caulfield David Southwick said the new accessible ramp and stairs from Carlisle Street to Platform 1 is the first accessible feature at Balaclava Station.
“For the first time, customers catching city-bound services at Balaclava Station now have an accessible ramp and the option of using stairs to access Platform 1,” Mr Southwick said.
“The opening of the new Platform 1 ramp is the first step towards Balaclava Station becoming fully accessible to all members of the community.”
Mr Southwick said customers were already benefiting from other recently completed station improvements.
“In June, part of Platform 1 was extended to be almost twice as wide, with new lighting, a smoother surface and better drainage to prevent puddles forming,” Mr Southwick said.
“The Sandringham-end of Platform 2 was also elevated to make it easier for customers using mobility aids to board the train.”
Mr Southwick said the upgrade was on-track to be complete in October, ready for the precinct’s influx of visitors during the warmer months.
“The improvements to access and customer amenity on Platform 1 serve as an example of what locals can expect as a result of this upgrade and I look forward to opening the new and improved Balaclava Station in October,” Mr Southwick said.
Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown said over the next few months, Platform 1 will be completely transformed as new amenities, canopies and CCTV are installed and the waiting room refurbishment is complete.
“Once the upgrade is complete, Balaclava will open as a premium station with Metro staff to assist customers from first to last train every day,” Mr Newton-Brown said.
“Customers will also feel safer with increased lighting and closed circuit television (CCTV) on the platforms and in waiting areas.”
Liberal Candidate for Albert Park Shannon Eeles said the upgrade has been specifically designed to create a smooth transition from the station to the Carlisle Street precinct.
“An additional six myki readers will be installed across both platforms to improve traffic flows for over 3,000 passengers who use the station each weekday,” Ms Eeles said.
Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne have worked closely with the City of Port Phillip to ensure the station upgrade is integrated with other local incentives such as the Balaclava Walk Project.
The project is being delivered by Metro Trains Melbourne and contractor McConnell Dowell on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.