The Victorian Government has built three state-of-the-art stations as part of the Mernda Rail Extension Project.
Using the relaxed feel of a homestead verandah as its inspiration, the Middle Gorge Station design places the station building into a lively public forecourt that will directly connect with the school and surrounding homes.
Built at ground level opposite Marymede Catholic College, this station provides parking for approximately 550 cars and a separate bike storage area that connects directly to a walking and cycling path.
Arriving at the station
The station’s entry and drop-off points are made clear by distinct peaks and folds in the roofline. These points are lit at night to create a visible landmark.
The station’s ramps, lifts and stairs provide easy access and a path connects new public forecourts on both sides of the station via a wide pedestrian underpass.
The station was designed to be comfortably accessed by everyone – including the elderly, people travelling with children and people with disability.
A gradual rise from the street-level footpath makes entering the station easier, with clear views to the entrance. Walls have been designed and placed to maximise visibility from the ramps, lifts and stairs and public space.
Carefully placed lighting and CCTV help maintain safety, as does the presence of Protective Services Officers.
Simple but elegant roof structures span most of the platforms, offering protection from the weather.
Distinctive paving at the forecourt highlight the station entrance, and larger native trees will provide shade for seated areas once they have grown.
Access is available via both Old Plenty Road and Williamsons Road for taxi and kiss-and-ride drop-off facilities, which are visible from waiting areas.
Sustainable building materials
The station’s rock walls were constructed using stone excavated from the project area. Native trees have been used for landscaping, creating a range of spaces to enjoy.
Linking with the school crossing, a large public space offers a safe meeting area while reducing the need for pedestrians and vehicles to mix.
The station parking includes:
- 550 park-and-ride spaces
- 11 accessible spaces.
A separate bike storage area has been built in the public forecourt using recycled timber, with easy access to the path and the station.
To view the brochure, download the Middle Gorge Station precinct PDF PDF, 9.2 MB (Published March 2018)