The Bendigo com­mu­nity will help shape the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s $15.8 mil­lion pub­lic trans­port in­vest­ment in the re­gion

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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

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