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Station to get $36m revamp
Ellen Whinnett, state politics reporter
15may06

NORTH Melbourne's outdated train station will get a $36 million makeover as part of ambitious plans to speed up Melbourne's jammed train network.

The State Government will spend the money over the next four years as part of a major transport overhaul to be announced this week.
The station, a major hub used by more than two million passengers a year, will be redesigned to allow the faster movement of passengers between platforms.

The Herald Sun believes the Government is preparing to announce the extreme makeover as early as today.

It is believed plans for the station include major changes to its facade, including the relocation of the main entrance from the Kensington end of Railway Place to the city end.

A new concourse is expected to be built over the city end of the station and will connect the new entrance to all six platforms by a network of lifts, escalators and stairs.

Transport officials believe this will allow much faster movement of passengers between platforms, and will allow faster turnover of trains pulling into the station.

Studies have shown that the number of people using the station is set to double to four million a year in the next four years, and the station is a major interchange for people on V/Line trains connecting to city loop trains.

All the northern lines arrive at North Melbourne, including the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour, Werribee, Williamstown, Broadmeadows, Upfield and Sydenham services.

The movement of passengers between platforms has slowed services arriving and leaving the station, which in turn delays other trains on the city loop.

Built in 1886 and added to in 1974, the station will take on a futuristic new look with a modern facade and radical roofing.

Final design work is still under way but is likely to include more canopies over the platforms to protect passengers from the weather, along with new passenger information display screens and extra closed-circuit television cameras to improve safety.

The six platforms will be resurfaced to make them more accessible for people with disabilities.

The upgrade of North Melbourne station comes on top of the $250 million program to improve tram stops and railway platforms announced by Premier Steve Bracks last week.

In other parts of the transport package already confirmed by the Government:

$73 MILLION will be spent on the rail network at Mildura to improve freight movement.

$70 MILLION will be spent improving bike tracks around Melbourne and other parts of Victoria.

$5 MILLION will be spent on a study of transport options, including tunnels under Melbourne's inner north to link the eastern and western suburbs.

$15.4 MILLION will be spent recruiting and training new drivers for the city's rail network.

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,19135383%5E2862,00.html
 

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They fixed up Richmond years ago. Heck, during the Olympics it only had four platforms and handled just about every function it does now, though it was slightly closer to the G being on the other side of Punt Road. That upgrade carried it through for quite some time & probably still will.

During the commonwealth games they gave it a coat of paint & not much else.

Richmond has the benefit of two City Loop tracks plus frequent direct services from Sandringham and Alamein. The purpose of upgrading North Melbourne to something where you wouldn't mind changing trains at (a la Richmond, just less dated) is so that Newport services can be taken out of the loop and ease congestion on the Sunshine line tracks. To get a newport line service into the loop it has to cross over onto the Sunshine tracks at South Kensington and then cross into the loop.

It's essentially a clearways project that dare not speak its name.

Since Werribee punters would not appreciate the value of through routing to Sandringham until such time as there are full platform length plus concourse shelters, and preferably also escalators at North Melbourne. It's now getting both.

Oh, and it'll work both ways, those who are headed to SSS/Docklands from a northern or western line could really use more than a 20' frequency from NME to SSS.
 

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The current Richmond station is slightly to the west of the old one so is actually closer to the MCG. The main Issue with it is that it handles large crowds poorly due to poor access. It really needs a bridge across Brunton Ave similar to that at Telstra Dome. The other issue is that the area around the station is a disaster with vacant blocks of land and derelict shops, not to mention the station building itself. Its like development stops at the Swan St railway bridge. As one of Melbourne's major intersections it needs complete redevelopment and there are huge opportunities there.
 

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MrPC said:
They fixed up Richmond years ago. Heck, during the Olympics it only had four platforms
I thought it had six.

MrPC said:
Richmond has the benefit of two City Loop tracks plus frequent direct services from Sandringham and Alamein.
Someone has sensibly ensured that trains from Burnley & South Yarra run in opposite directions around the loop at weekends, but this seems to be very arcane knowledge.

MrPC said:
The purpose of upgrading North Melbourne to something where you wouldn't mind changing trains at (a la Richmond, just less dated) is so that Newport services can be taken out of the loop and ease congestion on the Sunshine line tracks. To get a newport line service into the loop it has to cross over onto the Sunshine tracks at South Kensington and then cross into the loop.

It's essentially a clearways project that dare not speak its name.

Since Werribee punters would not appreciate the value of through routing to Sandringham until such time as there are full platform length plus concourse shelters, and preferably also escalators at North Melbourne. It's now getting both.

Oh, and it'll work both ways, those who are headed to SSS/Docklands from a northern or western line could really use more than a 20' frequency from NME to SSS.
From Footscray, it will work much better for me.
 
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