Mount Evelyn residents who use public transport will have the ability to travel and park at one of the nearby stations in just a few months more parking opening soon.
The Mooroolbark station car park is expected to open ahead of schedule, as workers make great progress on the build.
The Victorian Government has indicated the station car park will be open for use in autumn 2022, something that was not meant to happen until much later in the year.
The four level car park will double the capacity of previous car parking spaces for commuters, with 900 spots available.
“It’s great to see crews progress with these works to get the new car park open ahead of schedule – which will provide a huge benefit to the area with eased parking pressure, less congestion and better access to the station,” Monbulk MP James Merlino said.
Once complete the car park will feature four stairwells, two lifts, CCTV and lighting, with new pedestrian connections to the Mooroolbark Station forecourt.
There will also be 20 accessible parking spaces, doubling what was there previously.
Construction crews have been working around the clock to install 375 precast panels and pour 16,000 cubic metres of concrete.
The new car park forms part of the State Governments aim to deliver 11,000 new and upgraded car parking spaces at stations across the state.
Landscaping and station precinct works will soon ramp up at the two sites, with more than 60,000 trees, shrubs and grasses to be planted to create a vibrant, green space that is in keeping with the heritage of Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs and ensuring the car park fits in with the new Mooroolbark Station precinct.
Finishing works on signalling and track tamping will also be completed next month with buses replacing trains between Lilydale and Ringwood from Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 February, to allow crews to complete the works safely.
To find out if you’re affected and to plan your journey, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.