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Mernda Rail design considerations – learning from Sunshine Station

05 Jun 2016



Mernda Rail design considerations – learning from Sunshine Station

[Title: MerndaRail]

[Vision: Mernda Rail Design Considerations]

Kevin - Urban Designer - Level Crossing Removal Authority

My name is Kevin. I’m an Urban Designer working with the Level Crossing Removal Authority on the Mernda Rail Extension Project.

[Vision: Sunshine Station - bus interchange]

So we’re here at Sunshine looking at the positive aspects of the station and bus interchange so we can apply them to the Mernda Project.

[Vision: Sunshine Station platform - train - artwork]

Examples are important because they teach us valuable lessons, what to do and what not to do.

[Vision: Sunshine Station sign - 5 minute walk - bus - passengers]

Some of the strong examples from Sunshine Station includes the direct link from the bus stops to the station, so it’s safe and convenient for public transport users.

[Vision: Wide generous spaces - turnstiles]

Other examples are the wide generous spaces in the station that are safe and easy to move around.

[Vision: Bike facilities - Kevin speaking]

Bike facilities are convenient and well located within the station.

[Vision: Access lifts and stairs]

The station has good access with lifts and stairs.

[Vision: Solar power - train schedule]

There’s a strong environmental focus with solar power and low energy lighting.

[Vision: Public artwork externally with pedestrians]

Public artwork was created with the local community to reflect the local identity.

[Vision: Kevin speaking]

A lot of these positive elements were used to inform and inspire the design of the Mernda Project.

[Vision: Artist’s impression of overhead train line - growth of town centre showing various areas of proposed work]

So building these stations will start the growth of the town centre and the surrounding areas, including businesses, open space, retail, houses.

[Vision: Plants are important - Kevin speaking]

Plants need to be appropriate to the local area and well maintained so they look good on day one all the way up to year 50.

[Vision: Kevin walking upstairs - local area]

Station design should reflect the character of the local area.

[Vision: Artwork - Sunshine sign - pedestrian]

Here at Sunshine they’ve used a strong yellow colour, and local plants in the artwork, to connect back to the local community.

[Kevin speaking]

This is really important to us, to learn from these examples and get a great outcome for Mernda and the community.

[MerndaRail - Level Crossing Authority - Victoria State Government]

[Speaker: Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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