Reservoir Station now open
The new Reservoir Station is now open, with trains running on the new rail bridge over High Street.
Today’s opening comes at the end of a two-week construction blitz, where 250 workers worked around the clock to complete the kilometre-long bridge, install signalling equipment and finish the station canopy.
Motorists are now able to drive beneath the rail bridge and through the intersection, unobstructed by trains forever.
The removal of the level crossing means the six boom gates – previously down for up to 24 minutes each two-hour morning peak – will never again hold up traffic at the High Street intersection used by 36,000 vehicles each day.
Getting rid of the crossing will also boost safety – in the past decade there were three recorded collisions, a fatality and 26 near misses at this level crossing.
Removing the level crossing and creating the civic plaza will rejuvenate the station precinct and improve pedestrian connectivity between Edwardes Street and Broadway, with locals no longer cut off from shops or destinations on the other side of the tracks.
Works will continue on this project into 2020, with permanent stairs and lifts to be installed, and more than 300 trees and 60,000 shrubs and grasses to be planted around the station precinct. Workers will also install new seating and signage and reinstate the bus interchange and shared use path.
Work to improve safety and deliver more trains on the Mernda line – which is used by 33,000 passengers each weekday – is continuing, with four more crossings to go on the Mernda line and new stations at Bell and Preston.