By Claire Ottaviano
DETAILS on the design and look of the new Midland Train Station and its surrounding areas were revealed this week – but proposed road closures have residents and businesses concerned.
The 52-year-old current Midland station, west of Helena Street, will be replaced by a new three-platform station and moved east of Helena Street, seeing Helena Street closed in the process.
A new level crossing will open at Cale Street with a number of changes to local roads and intersections to reroute traffic from the old crossing to the new crossing.
In Bellevue robbed of Robinson Rd (Echo News, August 28, 2020) Echo News confirmed the proposed closure of the Robinson Road level crossing further up the line – seen by road users as a key connecting road between Great Eastern Highway and Clayton Street.
Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association president Mark Richards said closing two roads and replacing them with one would see further congestion in the area.
“Cale Street has been called the ‘spine’,” he said
“But basically you’re severing two spines with the potential closure of Robinson Road and Helena Street and replacing it with one,” he said.
According to Mr Richards, there are about 6000 traffic movements on Helena Street and about 5200 traffic movements on Robinson Road each day.
“Those 11,000 traffic movements will have to find new routes and at the present time you’ve got about 19,500 approximately that utilised the Lloyd Street underpass,” he said.
“If Robinson Road does close, there will be no connection east of Lloyd Street between Clayton Street and Great Eastern Highway.”
The opening of the new Bunnings, the biggest in Australia, would also increase vehicle movements.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the new Midland Station would help reinvigorate the growing area.
“The new Midland Station will be modern, practical and easy to access, connecting well with surrounding businesses, the Midland health campus and homes,” she said.
“The new station will also link to METRONET’s Bellevue Depot, making it the first landmark our brand new C-Series trains will pass through on their way to regular service on the network.
“This project has been talked about for decades and we are now getting on with the job.”
The project contract is expected to be awarded in mid-2021.