More than 1000 people turned out for the Rosanna Community Fun Day on Saturday 11 August 2018 to celebrate the early opening of Rosanna Station.
Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines unveiled a plaque to officially open Rosanna Station, months ahead of schedule. He was joined by Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson, who performed a smoking ceremony.
The free community celebration was held to thank locals for their support and patience during the recent works to rebuild the station and remove the level crossing at Lower Plenty Road.
The day included live performances, a sausage sizzle, petting zoo and even a silent disco.
Despite the dreary weather, the event was one of the most well attended Level Crossing Removal Authority events ever – showing how vibrant and engaged the Rosanna community is.
The new station is part of the $395 million Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade, which includes the removal of level crossings at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna and Grange Road in Alphington, the duplication of the single section of track between Heidelberg and Rosanna, and the construction of a new tunnel under Darebin Street.
The investment in upgraded infrastructure has also paved the way for a new timetable, with 35 new and extended services between Eltham and the city each week.
The level crossing at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna has now been removed and the new Rosanna Station is open. Before their removal in March 2018, the boom gates at Lower Plenty Road were down for about 43 minutes during the 7:00am to 9:00am weekday morning peak causing delays for around 17,000 vehicles.
A construction blitz enabled crews to install a rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road and build the new Rosanna Station, which opened in early May 2018.
Work to fully complete the station included landscaping and car parking.
This work has been completed as part of a package of works that also removed the level crossing at Grange Road and duplicated a single section of track between Heidelberg and Rosanna.