Brimbank Council has developed Draft Deer Park Rail Corridor Urban Design Principles following the Victorian government’s commitment to remove three dangerous and congested level crossings, and upgrade two train stations along the Ballarat rail line.
The draft principles focus on optimising the benefits of the rail upgrade projects, and set out the objectives Council will advocate for on behalf of the community.
The upgrade projects are planned for Deer Park and Ardeer train stations, including the removal of three level crossings at:
- Fitzgerald Road, Sunshine West
- Station Road, Deer Park
- Robinsons Road, Deer Park.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said Council is thrilled these much-needed works are set to take shape in Brimbank and Melbourne’s West.
“Council recognises there’s a real need to improve safety, traffic and transport connections for drivers, pedestrians and rail commuters in Deer Park, Sunshine West and the surrounding suburbs.
“We’ve been advocating for the removal of the level crossings for some time.
“Once completed, these projects have the potential to deliver enormous benefit to the local community and beyond.
“The draft principles, once adopted, will guide Council’s advocacy and inform discussions with the State Government on the planning, design, and delivery of the level crossing removal projects and station upgrades.
“We look forward to working together with the State Government and our community to deliver on sustainable design, safety, economic development, and maximising outcomes from these rail upgrade projects.
“It’s been a huge effort to get here. Last year 3,000 Brimbank locals signed a community petition calling for the urgent level crossing removals. Thank you to our community for getting behind us to help bring about this change.
“I encourage everyone to have their say on the design principles, and help us create safer, vibrant and more connected communities in Brimbank,” Cr Congreve said.
To view the draft principles and provide feedback visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
Submissions close on 18 October 2019.