Over 1,000 locals attended last Saturday’s community celebration to officially open the new Rosanna Railway Station.
Thanks to this project, commuters will benefit from 50 extra weekday services, when the new timetable kicks off on August 26.
Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines joined Wurundjeri Tribe Elder Bill Nicholson and project Manager Steve Brown to unveil a plaque at the station to mark its opening.
A free community celebration at Rosanna Station was held to thank the local community for their support and patience during the recent works to rebuild the station and remove the level crossing at Lower Plenty Road.
On Saturday Rosanna Station was transformed into a bustling hub full of children’s activities, with performances from Banyule Primary School students, a sausage sizzle run by Rosanna Scouts and a children’s animal farm.
The level crossing at Lower Plenty Road was one of Melbourne’s worst, with boom gates down for more than 40 minutes during the two-hour morning peak.
The new station is part of the Labor Government’s $395 million Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade Project, which included 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.
Further works to complete the bus bays on Turnham Ave, landscaping in Rosanna Village, the Parklands and Ellesmere Parade will continue over the coming weeks.
For more information on the new timetable visit ptv.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP
“The new station and level crossing removal means more reliable train services for locals, allowing us to run more trains more often.”
“The Station opening was a great community celebration.”
“The event was a small thank you to the communities of Rosanna and Heidelberg for their patience and support while we completed these vital works.”