Commuters in Melbourne’s north-west are set to receive more parking spaces, as part of upgrades for Sydenham Road near Watergardens Railway Station later this year.
Safety upgrades, along with 95 parking spaces, will be built as to create easier access for commuters.
The upgrades are set to support the existing infrastructure, which provides services to more than 1.5 million commuters annually.
The works will form part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters program, which was introduced to upgrade and build 11,000 car parks across, increasing the accessibility of the network.
The 11,000 new and upgraded car parks will free up local streets, improve access to public transport, boost safety, and generate jobs across the state.
Works will include the construction of asphalt roadside car parking bays and a shared user path along Sydenham Road. New kerbs, drains, and pedestrian areas will also be constructed between Roseleigh Boulevard and Ondella Way, as well as a new safety fence to be installed along the railway line.
Landscaping work will also form part of the works, with trees set to be planted along Sydenham Road.
Victoria’s Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said the upgrades would support Victoria’s rail infrastructure.
“Whether you walk, ride, or drive to the station, this vital infrastructure upgrade will improve safety and make catching the train at Watergardens Railway Station more convenient and easily accessible,” Carroll said.
Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins said the upgrades would provide a range of improvements for the region.
“This is stage one of the works we are doing to improve car parking at Watergardens and will benefit the entire community – with more commuter car parking, improved safety, and creating better accessibility for Sydenham residents to get to Watergardens station,” Hutchins said.
This follows competed works at the station, which increased the number of wheelchair accessible parking spaces, the installation of six extra CCTV cameras to cover blind spots and new tactile ground surface indicators on all three platforms.