Coburg and Moreland stations open today
14 Dec 2020
Two new train stations open to passengers today at Coburg and Moreland, six weeks after intensive work was completed to remove four level crossings and elevate a 2.5 kilometre section of the rail line.
Four sets of boom gates were removed at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick earlier this year, when crews worked around the clock between July and November as part of Victoria’s biggest ever level crossing removal construction blitz.
Since trains began running on the Upfield line in early November, crews have been continuing work to get the stations ready for passengers.
The energy-efficient stations at Coburg and Moreland offer improved accessibility, with lifts and stairs to take passengers from the concourse to the train platforms.
Passengers can currently enter both Moreland and Coburg stations from the south eastern side of the rail line, with the remaining entrances and paths to the stations to open mid next year, when landscaping, pedestrian and cycling paths are completed.
Station facilities at the premium Coburg Station include accessible toilets, Protective Services Officers (PSO) pod and a climate-controlled waiting area, with Moreland Station proudly incorporating local Indigenous and European heritage in the station and landscape design around the station precinct.
Car and bike parking
As work continues on the landscaping and open space underneath the rail line, the car parks at both stations will open early next year. In the meantime, alternative car parking is available at Batman Station in Coburg North. Bicycle parking at both stations, including the Parkiteer cages, will open in mid 2021.
In January, the construction team will start work on the areas underneath the rail line, creating almost two MCGs worth of open space and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, grasses and seedlings.
New open spaces underneath and alongside the Upfield rail line – opening mid next year – will cater to all ages and abilities. The project will build three half size basketball courts, playgrounds, a dog park, table tennis tables, skating and parkour area, and exercise equipment for the community to enjoy.
The open space is designed to improve east–west connections and provides an upgrade to the Upfield Bike Path, including separated cycling and walking paths along the rail line and more lighting for safety.