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High Street, Reservoir community update – April 2019

15 Apr 2019

Reservoir works gearing up

Construction on your new Reservoir Station precinct is underway. Removing the Reservoir level crossing will ease congestion and make travelling in the area safer.

The team has been busy relocating services and getting ready to build the new rail bridge over High Street. In April we will begin laying foundations and finish removing the existing buildings at Reservoir Station.

An excavator on site at High Street, Reservoir

Upcoming disruptions

With major works getting underway, there will be changes to the way you travel in the area.

Road changes

  • High Street, Reservoir will be closed at the level crossing from 8:30pm Wednesday 3 April to 5:00am Wednesday 10 April.
  • Right turns to and from High Street at Kenilworth and Leamington streets will be closed from 10 April. This is a permanent change to traffic conditions to improve safety in the area.
  • Pedestrian access between the Broadway and Edwardes Street shopping precincts will be maintained during our works.
  • There will be progressive changes to the southbound left-hand turning lane on High Street, at the level crossing, from 10 April.

There’ll be more activity around the work site – so look out for changed conditions and follow all signs and traffic management directions. Detour maps are available within and for more information, please visit our disruptions page.

Rail closure

Buses replace trains on sections of the Mernda line from 8.30pm Wednesday 3 April to last train Tuesday 9 April.

Please allow up to an additional 45 minutes for your journey. Plan ahead, by visiting the PTV website.

Changes to High Street at the level crossing

To allow us to remove the level crossing at Reservoir, there will at times be changes to the way you move around the area. Know your detour routes and keep up to date on changes on our disruptions page.

Regent car park extension

We’re creating 90 new car parking spaces at Regent Station. These new spaces will be open soon and are a permanent addition, so will remain after the Reservoir level crossing removal is complete.

Keeping you moving while we work

We're working hard to minimise disruption during construction with trains continuing to run during most of our works.

To do this, we’re installing:

  • Fencing between our work site and the rail line, enabling our team to work safely next to the operational rail line.
  • Temporary fencing on Reservoir Station platforms, separating waiting passengers from nearby works.
  • Modified temporary overhead wire structures that allow the rail bridge to be constructed above.
  • Temporary station facilities, ensuring passengers still have access to toilets, seating, shelter and customer service staff while we build your new Reservoir Station.

We’ll also undertake night works while trains are not running to safely carry out activities – such as installing bridge beams.

Once we’re all set up, be sure to sure to take a look out the window as you travel through Reservoir and watch our progress.

Landscaping around the station

Trees, vegetation and green space are an important part of the local community. We aim to minimise tree and vegetation removal through both project design and construction methods.

An independent arborist has assessed each tree and shrub in the works area to determine if they will be impacted by our works. Some of these trees have been removed to accommodate the new rail bridge and station.

The removed trees will be repurposed, with logs, mulch and seeds being provided to Darebin City Council and community groups for use in local parks and community spaces.

Once works are complete, we’ll be replanting more than 100 trees and shrubs as part of the new landscaped plaza and station precinct.

The landscaped plaza will be a green space for the community, shoppers and commuters to meet, sit and enjoy. Landscaping of the station precinct will create a new woody meadow along the rail corridor. This easy-care native garden will enhance and reflect local biodiversity.

Artist impression of new Reservoir Station

Artist impression - subject to change.

Aaliyah Supermarket on Broadway

For the past 10 years, Aaliyah Supermarket has been operating on Broadway offering a range of products to meet the needs of the local community.

“Our store is a reflection of the multiculturalism in Reservoir,” says owner Youssef Taleb.

“We provide our customers with products that are not commonly found in larger supermarket chains – like international groceries.”

The shelves display a colourful array of Middle Eastern spices, snacks and other specialities, reflecting Youssef’s Lebanese heritage.

Having been part of the community for the past decade, Aaliyah Supermarket fits well with Reservoir’s vibrant and diverse atmosphere with products at an affordable price.

So, the next time you’re shopping on Broadway, stop by and say hello to Youssef and the team at Aaliyah Supermarket, open seven days from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Aaliyah Supermarket owner Youssef Taleb

Project timeline

October 2018
  • Start of works
  • Service investigations and relocation
Early 2019
  • Site establishment at Reservoir Station
  • Signalling works
  • Existing station removed
  • Piling and foundation work begins
  • New temporary station facilities in place
Mid 2019
  • Bridge construction begins
  • New station platform works
Late 2019
  • Rail bridge built across High Street intersection
  • Level crossing removed
  • New Reservoir Station complete

*Please note that the timeline above is subject to change.

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