Engineering, Passenger Rail

Requests for tender released for upgrades to Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations

Requests for tender have been released for upgrades to Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations, with works to get underway next year.

The $15.8 million in funding for the project was provided in the Victorian 2016/17 budget, after findings from community consultative taskforce indicated an existing need to improve access to Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations.

Upgrades at Bendigo Station will include the construction of a new pedestrian overpass, with new lifts, ramp and stair access, with the design of the overpass will be refined in consultation with the City of Bendigo council and key stakeholders.

A new pedestrian footpath will also be constructed, connecting the station lane car park to the station with pram crossing and tactile ground surface indicators.

Further upgrades at Bendigo station will be provided for station’s waiting area, toilets and customer service areas.

“These upgrades are part of our unprecedented investment to ensure Bendigo residents can get where they need to go quickly, reliably and safely,” Labor member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said.

“We took the time to make sure we got the design right for everyday passengers – and now we’re getting on with delivering this important project.”

At Eaglehawk Station, the platform will be extended by 100 metres to accommodate longer trains, rehabilitation of the existing heritage listed canopy, and the construction of a new 60-space car park with taxi and drop off areas.

The preliminary designs for the upgrades have been developed in consultation with community residents and businesses during feedback sessions organised in October this year.

“We’re getting on with the job delivering the first major upgrade to these two stations in decades,” state transport minister Jacinta Allan said.

“We will continue to work closely with the local community as we deliver these upgrades that will improve safety and access, for both residents and visitors to our city.”

Upgrade works at both stations are expected to be completed in 2019.