The final designs for the redevelopment of Clayton Station have just been released, showing a future station with improved accessibility and safety for commuters.
The station is one of five to be rebuilt as part of the Victorian government’s Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. When completed, the station will be raised above the ground, servicing trains that will run upon a new elevated train line to be constructed.
With their boom gates down for over half of the morning peak, Clayton’s level crossings are among the worst in Melbourne. The new elevated train line is to eliminate the need for the crossings, as well as free-up land for new facilities and parks and ease levels of traffic congestion.
The new station will feature modern facilities, including improved lighting, CCTV, and toilets. A landscaped forecourt (the largest of the 5 stations to be redeveloped) will lead up to the entrance, and the elevated platform will be accessible by stairs, escalators, and large lifts. A new parkiteer bike cage will provide parking for cyclists using the station.
Commuters accessing the station via bus will no longer have to cross Clayton Road to reach trains, as a new dedicated bus stations and a bus link road will be constructed alongside the station between Haughton and Carinish Roads.
As the original station is heritage listed (having been built in 1891), it will be relocated and transformed into a new public facility.
According to the Level Crossing Removal Authority, the designs for several changes have been formulated with community feedback in mind, including a 1.8 metre height reduction for the station’s canopy, forecourt enlargement, improvement in lighting and CCTV, and the incorporated bus link road.
The government expects that the station development will be complete by 2018.