Downer Group has won the contract to design and carry out the construction of upgrades to Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations in Bendigo, Victoria, with works to begin in the middle of the year.
Bendigo Station is to receive a new pedestrian bridge with lifts, ramps and stairs, improving accessibility between the platforms and bus stops and taxi ranks.
Downer Group will work with the City of Greater Bendigo to develop a detailed design of the bridge, which will reportedly take the precinct’s heritage into account, as well as the nearby Bendigo VRI Bowling Club.
Further developments at Bendigo station include upgrades to the station building, such as a re-do of the waiting area, the toilets, and the customer service areas.
Eaglehawk station will receive an extended platform to accommodate longer trains. A new 60-space car park with taxi and drop off areas will also be built.
“We’re getting on with improving access and making it easier for passengers at Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations,” state transport minister Jacinta Allan said.
“These upgrades will make it easier for locals to get where they need to go and help grow Bendigo’s economy even further.”
The $15.8 million works are being developed in consultation with the City of Greater Bendigo, and are expected to be completed next year.
“We have been working closely with the local community as we deliver these upgrades, which will improve safety and access for residents and visitors to our city,” said Maree Edwards, Labor’s member for Bendigo West.
“As a result, we are now moving ahead with this critical piece of infrastructure that will serve the Bendigo community for years to come.”