THE Level Crossing Removal Authority last week released plans for Clayton Station, which is one of five stations being rebuilt as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project and will open in 2018 when trains commence operations on new elevated rail lines.
The new station will feature lighting, modern toilets, CCTV and a ground-level waiting room, with stairs, escalators and large-sized lifts (with back-up power) to provide access to the elevated platforms, and a new parkiteer bike cage to provide cyclists with secure parking.
A dedicated bus link road is also being incorporated into the design, meaning hundreds of commuters who transit to the station by bus each day will no longer have to cross busy Clayton Road to reach the station. Instead, buses will move freely through the station area to drop off and pick up passengers.
Of the five new train stations being rebuilt as part of the project, Clayton's will boast the largest landscaped forecourt. The new station precinct also includes plans for Clayton's original timber station building. Built in 1891, the heritage-listed building will be relocated and transformed into a new public facility.
The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project involves the removal of nine level crossings along the Cranbourne-Pakenham train line. In addition to Clayton, the stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, and Noble Park will be rebuilt. The project is being delivered by an Alliance including Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aurecon and Metro Trains Melbourne.