The construction of a new train station at Victoria Park station in Melbourne’s west is in full swing, with work expected to be complete by Christmas.
Construction is now underway on the $25 million station, which will serve the area’s south end, and is set to be the largest train station ever built in Melbourne.
Key points:The $25m station will be built by BNEA train builder Alston & JohnsonThe $5.4 million station was built in a bid to improve accessibility for passengers and commutersVictoria Park Station is a train station in the east of Melbourne which has been badly damaged by fire.
The station was originally constructed in the 1960s, but was badly damaged when a fire destroyed the station in 2012.
“We have a large community of people who commute in from the north and south-west of Melbourne,” said Mr Dyson.
“We’re trying to improve the station’s accessibility to them by getting it back into use and making it a safe place for them to get on and off the train.”
The station will also be a new station for the train service to Melbourne’s south-east.
The station has been built using state-of-the-art materials, which includes the use of structural steel and aluminium.
“The main challenge with the construction was that there’s been a lot of fire damage and the structure was pretty much structurally intact,” Mr Dynes said.
“This is really a work in progress, so we’re going to be really, really careful about the amount of fireproofing that we put in place.”
The project will take about two years to complete, with the station to open by the end of the year.
Mr Dyson said the station was one of the first new rail facilities built in Victoria Park.
“The trains come through here in Victoria and there’s a lot going on,” he said.
“There’s the rail hub that we’ve got built there and the train station, so it’s all about the train and how you get to it.”
The train station is expected to attract tens of thousands of commuters to Melbourne.
A $5m train station has already been built in South Yarra, which has also been affected by fires.
The Victorian Government has been able to secure funding to help the state rebuild the station, and Mr Dyer said the money was needed for “a lot of other things”.
“We need to do a lot more than just rebuild Victoria Park Station,” he told the ABC.
“It’s really important that we build a train park and make sure that we don’t see a situation where we’ve had to build this new station.”