I think there are that many boxes to tick when designing a new station now, such as environmental issues, safety concerns & DDA compliance that design itself is limited to not much more than a nondescript concrete box with exceedingly long ramps.
Hideous design features, such as whatever that is tacked on to the sides of the footbridge at Rockbank, is all they can seem to come up with to distinguish each individual structure.
So yeah, functional.
I was pleasantly surprised about Rockbank.
The whatever is tacked on to the sides of the footbridge at Rockbank is clearly meant to signify rocks. I'm no volcanologist...however it's exceedingly obvious the nearby Mt Aitken blew its top millennia ago and spewed scoria type rocks all about the place.
The northern pedestrian friendly approach to the station with the strategically placed boulders and patterned pavement, highlighting the rocks combined with the native plantings made for an amazing sight from the bus last week.
Normally this would not be seen from the train, but I'm very happy that this is an exceptional gateway to the expanded Rockbank locality as it grows exponentially and is in amazing contrast to the shed that was once there.
Bacchus Marsh is probably similarly presented and at Ballan the pine bark is being spread about this week which is softening everything and the high speed readers...fantastic...the crowd just moves through seamlessly without delays.
Ballan station will be retaining its garden...I'll be making sure of that and I'm looking at further beautifying this precinct as I want to get a project up on the south side, incorporating the pine trees and native grasses. The 'BALLAN' gateway sign will soon be moved to the vicinity of the still in-situ ½ mile post as well.