Work has begun on the level crossing removals at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road, Bayswater and the project is due for completion in late 2017.
A project team comprising Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and AECOM, in an alliance with Public Transport Victoria, Metro Trains Melbourne and VicRoads, is removing the level crossings and rebuilding Bayswater Station.
What's been happening
The new Bayswater Station is now open, with both Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road level crossings both removed.
Further work will continue through the first half of 2017 to complete Bayswater Station, the station car park, Mountain Highway street-scape, Railway Parade and the shared user path along the rail corridor. This work is expected to be complete by mid-year.
We would like to thank local residents and traders for your amazing patience while we removed these three level crossings and built new station and road bridges.
With works occurring the first half of 2017 to complete Bayswater Station, the station car park, Mountain Highway street-scape, Railway Parade and the shared user path along the rail corridor, the project team will continue to avoid and minimise disruption impacts to the community, road users and local businesses.
Car park construction will be complete by late February however landscaping will continue into April-May 2017. Temporary car parking will remain at Bayswater oval (see below map for details).
While works take place as part of Level Crossing Removal Projects, buses will replace train between Box Hill and Belgrave from 8:15pm Friday 27 January to Sunday 29 January 2017. Replacement bus stops will be located on Station Street, next to Pine Road.
Normal train services between Belgrave and Ringwood will resume on Monday 30 January 2017. Buses will continue to replace trains between Box Hill/Blackburn and Ringwood until 5 February 2017.
Journey times will be extended by up to 45 minutes.
Careful planning and scheduling will maintain road access and train services through much of the construction program, however some road, rail and station closures will be necessary to undertake works safely.
Removal of the level crossings has transformed the station forecourt and surrounding area into a modern transport interchange. Works included:
- Lowering the rail line below Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road
- Raising Mountain Highway at the crossing to allow continued train access to the Train Maintenance Facility behind Bayswater Station
- Rebuilding Bayswater Station with platforms accessed via lifts, ramps and stairs
- Reconstructing the station car park, optimising parking and providing the same number of spaces
- Building a new walking and cycling path.
As part of the works to complete the level crossing removal project, further works will continue through to April 2017 to complete the new Bayswater Station and to construct the new car park. The new car park will see no net loss of parking spaces, and provide a more accessible space for commuters.
We want to thank the local community for your ongoing patience and understanding during our construction works. We couldn't have done it without you!
Traders open for business
The project team has been working closely with local traders to minimise the impacts of construction where we can, and ensure access to local businesses is maintained at all times. We encourage the local Bayswater community to continue supporting their local businesses, who are trading as usual throughout the project.
Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up to date with the project and its progress via website updates, regular bulletins and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.