The Victorian Government has awarded the contract for design and construction works for Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations in regional Victoria.
Downer Group will lead the design and construction work which will deliver a new pedestrian bridge with lifts, ramps and stairs, making it easier for passengers of all abilities and people with prams and luggage to transfer between platforms and connect with local buses and taxis.
Before construction begins in the middle of 2018, a detailed design for the new bridge, will be developed in consultation with the City of Greater Bendigo.
The detailed design of the bridge will acknowledge the precinct’s heritage and will not impact on the operations of the adjacent Bendigo VRI Bowling Club.
The upgrades at Eaglehawk Station will see an extended platform to accommodate longer trains and a new 60 space car park with taxi and drop off areas, meeting the needs of Eaglehawk’s growing population.
Further upgrades planned for Bendigo Station in 2018 will see improvements to the station building, including a refresh of the waiting area, toilets and customer service areas, to enhance commuter comfort, access and amenity.
Both the Bendigo and Eaglehawk station upgrade packages will be completed in 2019 and are in line with the City of Greater Bendigo’s integrated transport and land use strategy Connecting Greater Bendigo, the Bendigo Station Improvement Plan and the Eaglehawk Station Precinct Master Plan.
“These upgrades will make it easier for locals to get where they need to go and help grow Bendigo’s economy even further,” Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said.
Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, said, “We have been working closely with the local community as we deliver these upgrades, which will improve safety and access for residents and visitors to our city.
“As a result, we are now moving ahead with this critical piece of infrastructure that will serve the Bendigo community for years to come.”