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Works at Reservoir Station all wrapped up

09 Jul 2020

The finishing touches have been put in place on the new Reservoir Station, with lifts installed, station buildings complete and the bus interchange up and running for passengers to use.

The new station was built as part of the removal of the notorious High Street level crossing, which was the 31st crossing removed by the Level Crossing Removal Project.

Since December, motorists have been able to drive through the High Street intersection beneath the one-kilometre long rail bridge unobstructed by trains.

Since the station opened to passengers in December last year, crews have spent the past six months completing a new civic plaza and rejuvenating the station precinct by planting 300 trees and 60,000 shrubs and grasses.

Reservoir Station features above ground platforms with access via lifts and stairs. The station forecourt is accessible from either side of the pedestrian plaza and has safer waiting areas, better lighting and station facilities.

For pedestrians and cyclists, the station precinct now delivers improved east-to-west links, with the pedestrian plaza and shared user paths connecting Edwardes Street and Broadway.

The new station was built with sustainability in mind. Featuring a rainwater tank and remote metering of energy and water use – the first for a train station in the state – the construction team also partnered with the University of Melbourne and Sustainability Victoria to trial the use of recycled glass sand in concrete at Reservoir Station.

Most of the car spaces at the station are currently open, however works will continue to open more station car spaces in the coming weeks as crews demobilise the construction site sheds.

Since the removal of the High Street level crossing, the six boom gates – previously down for up to 24 minutes each two-hour morning peak – will never again hold up traffic at the High Street intersection used by 36,000 vehicles each day.

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