Making It Easier To Catch The Train In Coburg

Works are continuing to upgrade one of the last remaining gravel car parks on Melbourne’s metropolitan train network, as part of a government investment at Merlynston Station.

Minister for Public Transport said the work would deliver around 300 new and upgraded car spaces at the station, including further accessible parking for the 390,000 commuters who use the station each year. The new spaces will free up parking in neighbouring streets, making it safer and easier for locals to catch the train.

Upgrades to lighting and CCTV will also improve safety for commuters, while new bicycle parking facilities will encourage commuters to ride their bike to the station.

The eastern car park is set to open in late 2022 and final project completion expected in mid-2023.

Once major construction is complete, more than 12,000 mostly native plants from local nurseries will be planted in the area, including 45 new trees at various stages of maturity to support local biodiversity.

The works at Merlynston Station are being delivered as part of the Car Parks for Commuters Program, which is helping to deliver the Victorian Government’s commitment of 11,000 new and upgraded commuter car parks across the state.

Pedestrians and cyclists will also benefit from works which will see the project complete the missing link of the Upfield Shared User Path along Bain Avenue. The path is set to be extended and lighting upgraded as part of a $3.75 million project.

New solar-powered LED lighting along Plaisted Street near Merlynston Station will further improve safety for cyclists travelling to and from the station.