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Work progressing on $66 million Ringwood upgrade

Ringwood station upgrade, artist's impression. Graphic: Metro Trains

Metro Trains has shared a work-in-progress photo of John Holland’s upgrade at Melbourne’s Ringwood station, and is telling customers to expect an expanded, attractive bus interchange with new and improved facilities.

Ringwood railway station services Melbourne’s Lilydale and Belgrave lines via three platforms – two together on an island and a third beside the track. As part of a major station upgrade, Metro is replacing the footbridge which spans over the station, connecting passengers to platforms and roads on either side.

Also being installed are new bus shelters, toilets, secure bike storage facilities, furniture, signage, information, lighting, CCTV, and a signalised raised pedestrian crossing between the bus interchange and railway station entrance, Metro Trains said.

Metro Trains shared the following image on Thursday last week.

Work began at the station late in 2014, with the first order of business being the rebuild of Platform 3 – the standalone side platform – at which time trains which usually visited Platform 3 were diverted to Platform 1 or 2.

For the upcoming work, buses will replace trains at the station between July 19 and August 10, while Platform 1 is  rebuilt, and the old footbridge is demolished. Pedestrian detours will be in place from July 19, Metro Trains said.

The $66 million project is being handled by VicRoads on behalf of Public Transport Victoria. The key $40.5 million contract was awarded to John Holland on April 7, 2014 for the design and construction of the upgrade.

“Customers are advised to follow directional signage; customer service staff will be on hand to assist customers during the Maroondah Highway closure,” Metro Trains advised in June.

Aside from not stopping at Ringwood, train services will be unchanged throughout the upgrade.

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