The Bendigo community will help shape the Victorian Government’s $15.8 million public transport investment in the region
The Bendigo community will help shape the Victorian Government’s $15.8 million investment in public transport in the region, following a recent call for public input.
Two workshops were held in early December seeking feedback into detailed plans for Bendigo Station precinct upgrades, and potential long-term opportunities throughout central Bendigo, with an online survey also available for participants to fill out.
The master plan is being led by VicTrack, which is working with Regional Development Victoria and the City of Greater Bendigo to investigate the potential development and land use opportunities in the precinct.
Bendigo Station is set to receive a new pedestrian overpass with lifts and stairs to enable better pedestrian movement between platforms, a modernised waiting room and toilets with better access for commuters, and an improved bus interchange, with enhanced car parking and traffic management arrangements outside the station.
The bus interchange works will seek to improve the design of the interchange for more convenient, accessible and safer connections between bus areas, taxi and drop- off areas, and the station; and re- configure the commuter car parking and drop- off locations to improve safety and traffic flow at the station.
SJB Urban will lead the masterplan, bringing with it extensive railway precinct project experience, including recent planning for Ballarat, Echuca and Footscray stations.
Transport minister and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan says the state government is committed to improving access to and from one of Victoria’s burgeoning regional hubs.
“We’re getting on with upgrading Bendigo Station and want to hear from our local community on their vision for the station precinct,” she says.
“We’re delivering better services, stations and public transport for Bendigo – so more people can visit our great city and locals can get where they need to go sooner.”
Following consultation, detailed designs are set to be completed by the end of 2017, with a request for tender for construction to follow that.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 and will be delivered throughout the year.
Participants can have their say via the VicTrack website.
“We’re delivering better public transport for Bendigo so more people can visit our great city”
Government’s $15.8 million PT investment in Bendigo will be completed following consultations with the public