New rail station opens as part of A$4.8 billion project
The HASSELL designed West Footscray Railway Station has been officially opened in Melbourne, Australia, one of the first benefits of the A$4.8 billion Regional Rail Link.
It is a massive project with new stations and 90 kilometres of new track. Regional and Melbourne metropolitan train services will no longer have to share tracks when the project is completed in 2016. The result will be better regional services and the capacity for an additional 54,000 passenger trips a day on the metropolitan system.
HASSELL is the design specialist on a key part of the project, the Footscray to Deer Park work package. We are working with Alliance partners Thiess, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SKM, MTM, V/Line and the Regional Rail Link Authority.
As well as the new station at West Footscray, the HASSELL team is designing major upgrades of two other stations and a series of bridges and pedestrian footbridges.
“It is great to see passengers using West Footscray Station, although there is still some work to be completed,” said Peter Morley, who heads the HASSELL design team.
“We have delivered a new transport hub on Melbourne’s western fringe that will provide a much better passenger experience for people using the station. Improving the passenger experience has been the over-riding aim in our design for West Footscray, Footscray and Sunshine Stations. We are making them more accessible, safer and better connected to the communities around them. We have been involved in intensive, ongoing engagement with local people and businesses.”
The new West Footscray Station delivers:
_A covered pedestrian and cycle overpass connecting Sunshine Road and Cross Street
_Stairs, lifts and ramps from the overpass to the station entrances and to all platforms
_Canopies above the station entrances, stairs and platforms
_Landscaped forecourt areas on both sides of the station
_New car parks, improved connections to buses, and taxi and drop off zones on both sides of the station
_Secure bicycle storage
_Improved pedestrian access.
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