Victoria’s Merinda Park Station will undergo a complete rebuild as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade and design plans for a new steel truss bridge over Eumemmering Creek in Dandenong South have been completed.
The new station, to be used by around 1,500 passengers each weekday, will have a more logical layout, better access and a modern waiting room.
A well-lit pedestrian underpass will provide direct access between platforms, while the main entrance will be moved to a more convenient location near the centre of the car park.
Creating a new underpass will also provide a new pedestrian link between Cranbourne North and Lyndhurst, and means the current pedestrian level crossing can be removed.
To help people get to the station, the car park will feature dedicated drop-off zones and a higher number of accessible parking spaces.
Key features also include new passenger information displays and hearing loops, upgraded lighting and CCTV, improved weather protection and secure storage for cyclists, including bike hoops and a Parkiteer cage.
Construction at the station will coincide with track duplication works between Dandenong and Cranbourne and both will be completed in 2023. Construction will commence in 2020.
Engineers and designers have also completed plans for a steel truss bridge over Eumemmering Creek as part of works to duplicate the Cranbourne Line.
The bridge will support a second train track running over the creek.
Protecting the creek’s ecosystem has been a major focus for engineers. Therefore, the design means no foundation or pillars need to be dug into the waterway and no modifications are needed to the existing single-track bridge.
By removing level crossings and duplicating track, the Cranbourne Line Upgrade is paving the way for trains every ten minutes during peak hour.
Works at Eumemmerring Creek will begin in 2020 and be complete by 2023.