Ballarat rail station plans up for debate

 

News article: Ballarat rail station plans up for debate

Ideas for the future development of the Ballarat railway station will be discussed at two public workshops today.

  Simbera Train Controller

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.
Ballarat rail station plans up for debate


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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.

Thoughts?

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  TheMetman Locomotive Driver

Location: gippsland

Grade separate Lydiard Street, rail over road, which means closing off Doveton Cres and Ararat St, and the current Bus and Coach areas.
Simbera
No just no. The gates are part of the station's heritage atmosphere. And blends in well with the rest of the station and surrounding buildings. It's also the last working wooden gate crossing in Victoria. And under heritage listing.

I do agree in restoring the station. The northside of the station does look a bit sad looking compared to the southern side.
  dean65 Locomotive Driver

Location: Ballarat
It's also the last working wooden gate crossing in Victoria.
TheMetman
Is this correct ?
  TheMetman Locomotive Driver

Location: gippsland
Is this correct ?
dean65
Yes, The New Street gate crossing ceased operating as a car crossing a few years ago.
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
No just no. The gates are part of the station's heritage atmosphere. And blends in well with the rest of the station and surrounding buildings. It's also the last working wooden gate crossing in Victoria. And under heritage listing.

I do agree in restoring the station. The northside of the station does look a bit sad looking compared to the southern side.
TheMetman

Plus, it's not like you've got the heavy volume of superfreighters that used to slowly travel across the crossing. 2 Maryborough's, about 6 Ararats during the day which are really quick and a few grainies at night.
  MikeyJackson Locomotive Driver

Location: Footscray, Victoria, Australia
there are a lot of heritage buildings around the station.
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
there are a lot of heritage buildings around the station.
MikeyJackson
Reid's Guest House, being one of them.  Had some VERY fun filled nights in that place!

Any revamp should really be along the lines of the heritage styling that is present in the area.  

Ballarat is slowly loosing the history that identifies the town.

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