Ideas for the future development of the Ballarat railway station will be discussed at two public workshops today.
The Victorian Government and the council have contributed funds to develop and implement the Ballarat Station Master Plan.
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What does everyone think should happen in the precinct?
I'm thinking (and admittedly it's fairly ambitious) that a pretty large-scale revamp is a good idea. Grade separate Lydiard Street, rail over road, which means closing off Doveton Cres and Ararat St, and the current Bus and Coach areas. Turn that area into a more pedestrian-friendly forecourt and stop the problems with traffic flow around that whole area. Create a new Coach area on the north side of the tracks and move the city bus interchange north up Lydiard as well (this being extremely cheap as it's just a simple shelter). Create entries to the parking area/drop off zone much further north than exists now, possibly getting rid of the VR Hall in the process if necessary.
Also, refurbishing the inside/upstairs parts of the main station building. It's a massive waste that they're just sitting there, mouldering away, still not fully repaired after the fire of the 80s (or so I'm told) and being used for storage or for nothing at all. That space could be used for any number of things, and heritage tours in its down time.
Plus it's long overdue for them to come up with proper DDA access between platforms in a way that doesn't destroy the original footbridge.