Improving a principal transport connection between Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and city centre, the new Nunawading Station replaces a hazardous level crossing, creating an efficient interchange for trains and pedestrians.
By lowering the train tracks eight metres, the dedicated Belgrave–Lilydale line now runs without interruption beneath a new road bridge that spans overhead at street level and carries the six-lane Springvale Road highway.
The two aging station facilities were supplanted by a single 135-metre-long island platform that passengers access from the street-level concourse. Sheltered by soaring steel-framed canopies with Tasmanian oak soffits, the station offers commuters easy access to the more than 200 trains that pass through the station daily.
Each of the four main buildings was fabricated in steel off-site – the most efficient way to build the station quickly, with minimal closure to rail or roads. Clad in navy vitreous enamel panels that are resistant to marks or graffiti, the robust finishes match with the station’s high level of use and exposure.
Pedestrians can now access the station and avoid crossing the traffic lanes through a light-filled 60-metre-long underpass that introduces daylight through strategic voids at concourse level.
This is a New Year’s treat for road and rail users with the train station opening ahead of the original schedule.
John Brumby, Former Victorian Premier
The incredible achievement of this project, apart from the speed with which it was executed, is that both Springvale Road and the railway line were open for almost all of the six-month construction period.
Amanda Birch, Building Design
Springvale Road Rail Separation Alliance
13,000 sq m