Nardella welcomes more parking for commuters at Bacchus Marsh station

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed news that local commuters in and around Bacchus Marsh will benefit from more than 150 new car parking spaces at Bacchus Marsh station, easing pressure and making it easier to find a park.

Mr Nardella who will visit the Bacchus Marsh station this week announced that construction will start this week to expand the car park. The expansion will boost the station’s capacity to accommodate 550 vehicles — making the Bacchus Marsh car park one of the largest on the regional train network.

Victorian construction company Negri Contractors has been awarded the contract to complete the works, with preliminary earthworks undertaken this week to prepare the site.

The $1.5 million project will include extending the fully sealed asphalt car park as well as installing lighting, CCTV cameras, drainage, signage and six new accessible car parking spaces. The additional parking spaces will be built on adjoining vacant rail land next to the existing car park. The upgrade is part of a $2.5 million program of works to upgrade the station car parks at Lara and Bacchus Marsh.

The project comes off the back of the Andrews Labor Government’s $518 million investment to boost services for passengers on the Ballarat line, as part of the Regional Network Development Plan.

Bacchus Marsh station services one of Victoria’s fastest-growing regional areas, recording more than 560,000 customer trips last year.

While the works are completed, V/Line will inform commuters about disruptions and alternate parking arrangements in advance.  Construction of the parking spaces is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

Mr Nardella also said:

More than 900 V/Line trips begin each week day from Bacchus Marsh — which is why we must ensure there is adequate parking at the station.

By creating more than 150 new car parking spaces, we’ll help people access the trains they rely on every day to get to work, school and back home.

We want to make it easier for people to park, encourage more people to catch public transport, and ease congestion on our local roads.

Bacchus Marsh carpark extension FAQ

What is happening at Bacchus Marsh Station?

Work has commenced to extend the car park at Bacchus Marsh Railway Station, creating more than 140 new customer parking spaces.

Why is extra parking needed?

Bacchus Marsh Station services one of Victoria’s fastest-growing regional areas, recording more than 560,000 customer trips in the 12 months to the end of June 2016.

The additional parking spaces will help meet customer demand and improve safety around the station precinct.

Where is the carpark being extended?

The additional spaces will be built on adjoining vacant rail land next to the existing car park.

Did you need to purchase additional land for the extension?

No, the additional car park spaces will be built on adjoining vacant rail land next to the existing car park.

What will the works involve?

The works will involve extending the fully sealed asphalt car park and installing supporting infrastructure, including lighting, CCTV cameras, drainage and signage.

Does the project include extra CCTV cameras?

Safety on the regional train network is of paramount importance to PTV and V/Line.

Customers using train station car parks are reminded to not leave valuables in their vehicle or where they can be seen by a potential thief, just as they would when parking in any public space.

CCTV cameras will be installed in the extended car park at Bacchus Marsh Station and CCTV cameras already operate on the station’s platforms.

The station is also staffed from the first train to the last train, Monday to Sunday.

Who will deliver the works?

Melbourne-based Negri Contractors will deliver the works on behalf of PTV and V/Line.

How were they chosen as the contractor?

V/Line completed a competitive tender process before awarding the contract to Negri Contractors.

When will the works begin?

The construction of the additional parking spaces commenced in August 2016.

When will construction be complete?

Construction of the parking spaces is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2016.

How much will the project cost?

Bacchus Marsh Station car park will receive a $1.5 million upgrade as part of a $2.5 million program of car park upgrade works for Lara and Bacchus Marsh stations.

How many car spaces does the car park extension provide?

Car parking will be expanded at Bacchus Marsh Station by more than 150 spaces, taking the total spaces at the station to 550.

Are additional accessible car parking spaces being provided?

Bacchus Marsh Station currently has five designated DDA parking spaces. As a part of these upgrade works, the number of accessible spaces will be increased to comply with current station design requirements.

Will the construction activities take place during the day?

Yes, construction activities will be carried out during the day, generally between the hours of 7am and 4pm.

Will the construction cause disruption for customers?

There may be some disruption to road access and the existing car park during the works. V/Line will communicate these disruptions to customers in advance.

If customers are already parking on the land informally, where do you expect them to park during the construction period?

Alternate parking is available for customers along Taverner Street, Bond Street, Park Street and Reddrop Street.

Is there potential for the car park to be extended even further in the future?

This project will deliver a substantial boost to parking capacity at Bacchus Marsh Station.

V/Line and PTV will continue to monitor patronage and the availability of parking to inform any decisions in the future.

What else is being done to improve services on the Ballarat line?

The 2016-17 Victorian Budget invested $1.3 billion to make regional rail services more frequent and reliable, and position the whole system for the longer-term expansion that our growing regions will eventually need.

The Ballarat line is in for a major boost with $518 million for the duplication of the 17-kilometre section of track from Deer Park to Melton, as well as three additional passing loops at Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Bungaree.

The Government will order an additional 27 VLocity carriages and the V/Line classic fleet will receive upgrades to air-conditioning and seats.

The Budget also includes $141 million for major maintenance across the network and $198 million to rebuild the capacity of V/Line.

The platforms at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan stations will be extended.