Catching the train to and from Balaclava Station will become a ‘premium’ experience from Friday 10 October, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.
“Balaclava station’s new waiting area, customer amenities and customer service office open on Friday 10 October and will be staffed from first to last train,” Mr Mulder said.
“Protective Services Officers are also due to commence patrolling the station from 6pm until last train, later this year.”
Member for Caulfield David Southwick said the station upgrade is a key initiative in the Victorian Coalition Government’s record $24 billion investment in better transport infrastructure to move more people, more often.
“The Carlisle Street entry to Platform 2 will be re-opened on 25 September providing customers with a new accessible ramp and the option to use stairs to access Sandringham-bound services,” Mr Southwick said.
“Opening of the ramps will complete the works to make the station much easier to use, as well as to navigate to and from Balaclava Station directly from Carlisle Street.
“The upgrade to Balaclava railway station has transformed a very basic, run-down station into something that is accessible for all, welcoming and safe.
“Making Balaclava a more welcoming and accessible station will be a real boost for the Balaclava Shopping precinct.”
Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown said commuters will also benefit from six extra myki readers across both platforms to help people move through the station quickly and safely.
“New lighting and extra CCTV coverage, plus the arrival of PSOs will make commuters feel safer and encourage more people to travel by train,” Mr Newton-Brown said.
“This project is a great example of how the Napthine Government has responded to the needs of the community and created a safer and better destination for the more than 3,000 commuters who use the station each weekday.”