Two new stations at Coburg and Moreland are now open to passengers following the removal of four level crossings and the construction of elevated rail on the Upfield Line.
Crews have been working around the clock since July on the Level Crossing Removal Project to take out four level crossings and build the two new stations.
The new, energy efficient stations offer better accessibility, with lifts and stairs to take passengers from the concourse to the train platforms.
Landscaping, pedestrian and cycling paths are still being constructed so passengers will enter the stations on the south-eastern side until next year. The station carparks will also open next year.
Station facilities at the premium Coburg Station include fully accessible toilets, a Protective Services Officers pod and a climate-controlled waiting area, while Moreland Station proudly incorporates local Wurundjeri heritage in the station and landscape design around the station precinct.
In January, construction teams will begin working on the open space below the rail line, planting trees, shrubs, grasses and seedlings to make community spaces.
These spaces will open in mid 2021 and will include three half size basketball courts, playgrounds, a dog park, table tennis tables, skating and parkour area and exercise equipment.
Level crossing removals near by will also move into major construction next year, with the contracts set to be awarded before the end of 2020.
Victorian Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll this huge level crossing project in the North may be finished and open to passengers, but we’re not stopping here – with two more level crossings to go in Glenroy and Preston to ease congestion and improve people’s journeys.
“While we’ve removed 44 dangerous and congested level crossings, we’ve also built 30 new stations around Melbourne – delivering the modern public transport infrastructure our growing state needs.”