The Victorian Government has moved forward with the next step of the Bendigo and Eaglehawk station upgrades, with the award of two contracts for the preliminary design of the $15.8 million redevelopments.

The Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, announced that Arcadis Group has been awarded the contract to undertake the preliminary design for the Bendigo Station works, and Kinsley Group will undertake the preliminary design work to inform the Eaglehawk Station upgrade.

The preliminary design work will be critical to informing the look, feel and function of the upgrades.

A new pedestrian overpass with lifts and stairs will be built at Bendigo Station, making it quicker and easier to transfer between platforms as patronage and the number of services at Bendigo continues to grow.

There will be a much needed makeover of the waiting area, toilets and customer service areas, and improvements to traffic management and parking at the station to make it easier for people to arrive on foot, by bus, bicycle or taxi.

The platform will be extended at Eaglehawk station and will include better shelter, 60 new car parking spaces and a new footpath to make the station more accessible for passengers.

The Bendigo and Eaglehawk Station upgrade project delivers on priorities identified by the community consultative taskforce set up to improve access at both stations, and the Regional Network Development Plan.

The upgrades are also consistent with the City of Greater Bendigo integrated transport and land use strategy Connecting Greater Bendigo, the Bendigo Station Improvement Plan and the Eaglehawk Station Precinct Master Plan.

Local residents and businesses will be consulted as part of the design process. Construction is expected to start in early 2018.

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