Victoria continues to improve transport infrastructure
Transport and building infrastructure in Victoria are set for further improvements that will make commercial and residential properties in the area an attractive prospect for buyers.
Regional Rail Link zips ahead
One important change was not the addition of infrastructure, but rather the removal, to make traffic run more smoothly.
The level crossing on Anderson Road, Sunshine was removed as part of the Regional Rail Link project.
This project is designed to make the "road and rail network safer and less congested," announced Victoria Premier Denis Napthine in a January 20 statement.
The removal of the level crossing in this Melbourne suburb as part of the wider project will make vehicles' journeys smoother, according to Dr Napthine.
Delivery of the project required some interruptions however Acting Minister for Public Transport David Hodgett lauded the efforts of workers who have put in a combined 350,000 man hours to install over 17 kilometres of new track as part of the broader Regional Rail Link project.
In addition to the removal of the Anderson Road crossing, tracks have been reconfigured, platforms added and pedestrian bridges built.
Ballarat gets beautiful
A major restoration project has also been announced for Ballarat, which is located just over an hour's drive from Melbourne.
Dr Napthine announced the go-ahead for the project on January 21, which will see a $1.25 million heritage refurbishment of the Railway Station's North Building.
An extension added to the building in 1930 will be demolished in order to reconstruct the original entrance portico. Original doors and window architraves will be refitted and repainting will breathe new life into the majestic beauty without stripping away its history.
"This is a major investment that will restore the North Building to its original glory and boost economic and social activity in the station precinct," announced Dr Napthine.
The work was given the go-ahead following community consultation under the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan. Dr Napthine stated that that the "overwhelming message from the community has been to protect and preserve the significant heritage of the site and make use of its vacant and derelict buildings".
It's hoped that a fit-out on the western end of the North building will draw a commercial property tenant and the overall project "will strengthen Ballarat Railway Station Precinct's role as the iconic gateway for Ballarat and Western Victoria," Dr Napthine proudly claimed.