Reservoir community update – November 2019
18 Nov 2019
Reservoir rail bridge open for Christmas
Trains are scheduled to travel on the new rail bridge from Monday 16 December 2019. The High Street intersection will open to traffic soon after – with the boom gates gone for good. All in time for Christmas.
The project has achieved a lot in 2019 – in January we established our site, boom gates were gone in August, and by December the new station will be operational. We still have a lot of work to get done between now and December – so there will be some changes to how you move about Reservoir.
- Buses will replace trains on sections of the Mernda line on some weekends in November and from 9pm Tuesday 3 December to last train Sunday 15 December. Passengers should allow extra travel time.
- Gladstone Street pedestrian crossing will close from 22 November. A new signalised crossing will open 27 metres south on 20 December.
- The majority of car spaces will close at Keon Park Station until 7pm Saturday 30 November to assemble and test rail equipment. See website for alternative parking options during this time.
Construction of the Reservoir Station canopy is well underway
Since August we have:
- Removed the final four boom gates
- Installed the last of the 52 concrete bridge beams
- Installed the final three bridge columns
- Installed all 14 steel sections of the rail bridge
- Started building the canopy for the new Reservoir Station
For more information and to plan your journey, visit the PTV website.
Gladstone Street pedestrian crossing
As part of the Reservoir level crossing removal, we are upgrading the pedestrian crossing near Gladstone Street to become a safer, signalised crossing. As part of this upgrade, the crossing will move 27 metres south of its current location to accommodate the new rail equipment.
In order to complete these works, the existing crossing will close from Friday 22 November 2019. During this time, the nearest crossings for pedestrians are at Ruthven Station in the north or Reservoir Station in the south.
The new signalised crossing will be open for use from Friday 20 December. Then, in early 2020 reinstatement of the Macartney Street shared use path starts as we continue to make Reservoir a safer place to move around with improved east – west connectivity.
Spook-tacular Halloween event in Reservoir
Over 300 families came along to our Halloween event. There were lots of amazing costumes on display and everyone enjoyed the treats on offer at the local Reservoir businesses who got involved.
Stay tuned for more shop local events coming up in December while our works continue.
Your new Reservoir Station and plaza
With construction of the new Reservoir Station underway, we’re pleased to show you the final, updated designs of what it will look like once it’s complete in 2020.
The designs incorporate some key changes based on your feedback. This includes in the new civic plaza, where we have modified station buildings to maximise space for pedestrians, ensuring enhanced connectivity and sightlines between Broadway and Edwardes Street.
The new station will have two entrances to improve access for commuters, one on each side of the civic plaza.
The final designs also deliver the green and leafy look and feel that the community asked for with the addition of more than 330 trees (almost three times the original number of trees in the precinct) and over 60,000 shrubs. The trees will be primarily native species and made up of a mixture of new and established trees.
The landscaping design is an easy-care native garden which will reflect and enhance local biodiversity. It will include a combination of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, flowering plants and grasses.
- Three times more trees
- Improved access and connectivity
- New modern station
Side view of Reservoir Station from Broadway. More than 330 trees will be planted as part of the project
The new civic plaza will improve pedestrian connections between Edwardes Street and Broadway
The spacious new island platform where passengers will be able to catch both city-bound and Mernda-bound services.
Station buildings have been modified to maximise pedestrian space in the civic plaza. Two station entrances will also improve station access
Your new Reservoir Station – what you need to know
Trains are scheduled to travel on the Reservoir rail bridge and stop at the new Reservoir Station from Monday 16 December 2019.
Once the new station is open and the old ground-level tracks removed, the project team will begin works to complete the station buildings, the new lifts, station staff facilities, passenger waiting room, kiosk and parking facilities, all to be completed in 2020.
At the same time, we’ll undertake landscaping works on the new community spaces and new civic plaza – which will improve pedestrian connections between Edwardes Street and Broadway.
While these works take place, there will be no lift access at the station from Monday 16 December until early 2020. Passengers who need lift access will be provided with alternative transport between Regent and Reservoir stations.
Temporary access to the platform will be via stairs at the northern end of the station platform.
The current temporary station facilities on High Street will still be in use until the new station facilities are complete in 2020.
Oggi for men
While fashions come and go, Oggi’s has been serving the Reservoir community for 25 years with quality menswear sourced locally and abroad.
“We are very different from other local traders. We have a different product mix, some garments are imported from Europe and overseas,” says store owner, Angelo.
Over the years, Angelo has built his business from the ground up to be a cornerstone of the Edwardes and Spring Street shopping strip. He is renowned for the pride he takes in his work and this is reflected in the relationships he’s built with the local community.
“Reservoir is like a small country town. We all know each other and there is a friendly atmosphere, so when you come to Oggi’s we make you feel at home.”
You’ll find Angelo and his great range of men’s fashion at 287 Spring Street from 9am to 5.30pm.
Shop and Win promotion
Congratulations to the 61 winners who shopped locally and won big in the Shop and Win competition during September and October. Over 10,000 entries were received from customers across the Broadway and Edwardes Street shopping strips.
The winners shared in $5,000 worth of gifts and vouchers sourced from local Reservoir businesses. The Grand Prize winner received a brand new iPad and over $300 worth of vouchers to spend in Reservoir shops after shopping and entering at Oak Hill Café.