One of the most important features for any growing city is undoubtedly a solid public transport system. In fact, Melbourne is steadily working its way towards achieving an updated, safe and efficient rail network, with a number of projects ongoing throughout the city such as the removal of level crossings.
Local residents, as well as anyone interested in real estate in Bentleigh or Ormond, will have undoubtedly noticed the ongoing work at both Bentleigh and Ormond stations over the past few weeks to remove three level crossings.
Thanks to a huge effort from a team of 1,000 staff, both stations have re-opened ahead of schedule, ready to serve local commuters. Community celebrations will take place later this year to mark the occasion.
“In less than 18 months, we’ve removed four level crossings in Melbourne’s south-east, and started work on getting rid of another 15,” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
“This is the first time in Victoria’s history that three level crossings have been removed at the same time – an incredible effort by everyone, who worked around the clock to make our roads safer and less congested.”
Both stations will feature new shelters and seating as well as myki machines, electronic signs and Protective Services Officer facilities. Further landscaping work will be carried out in the coming months, as well as the addition of lifts and a rebuild of station car parks.
“The new Ormond and Bentleigh stations will make it easier for passengers to catch the train and get where they need to safer and sooner,” Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos explained.
“We know disruptions have made it hard for our community recently, so a celebration later this year is a small way for us to say thank you to everyone for their goodwill and patience.”
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