Published on : Thursday, September 18, 2014
The revitalisation of the Alphington Station Precinct, transforming it into a safer and more accessible place for commuters and the local community, is one step closer, with expressions of interest from private sector developers now being sought, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.
The Victorian Coalition Government plans to make a range of transport improvements to the area around Alphington station through VicTrack’s Station Precinct Enhancement Program.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for a private sector developer to partner with VicTrack to realise the vision for the station crafted by extensive community and stakeholder consultation,” Mr Mulder said.
Mr Mulder said VicTrack was seeking a development partner who understood the existing character of Alphington and would reflect that in a redevelopment proposal.
“VicTrack has undertaken a community engagement process where local residents, traders and commuters have provided input into their vision for the precinct,” Mr Mulder said.
“This development opportunity was announced very early in the process to give key stakeholders and the local community a genuine opportunity to have their say on how this project could best be delivered.
“Stakeholder and community involvement has been a vital part of the project and feedback has influenced the precinct plan for the proposal.
“For example, this community engagement has revealed that locals have a strong interest in preserving the vegetation in the area, especially in the south-eastern section of the station where an initial design suggested constructing car parking.
“An assessment of the car park users at Alphington found that only 40 per cent of the vehicles using the Alphington station car park came from the local area, with the vast majority driving from other suburbs.
“To reduce this demand from other areas, VicTrack as a part of this development, will move up to 60 commuter car parking spaces to other stations on the Hurstbridge line.
“This will help reduce congestion in Alphington as well as better serve commuters who are currently driving all the way to Alphington from the north,” Mr Mulder said.
Liberal Candidate for Northcote Anthony D’Angelo said that the Coalition Government had created the Station Precinct Enhancement Program, which is being delivered by VicTrack, as another way that railway station improvements can be funded and delivered.
“Alphington Station Precinct is a great expression of the Victorian Government’s Plan Melbourne strategy, as it delivers transport-oriented urban redevelopment through the better use of existing assets,” Mr D’Angelo said.
“The Napthine Government will continue to involve the local community in the ongoing development of the plans for the Precinct.”
VicTrack will shortlist the respondents to the expression of interest and invite those candidates to progress to the next stage of the procurement process. The selection of a preferred developer is expected in 2015.
Any development at Alphington will need to be commercially feasible and if it proceeds, would only involve changes to the station precinct, not the frequency or nature of rail services.
VicTrack is a State rail business that supports Victoria’s public transport without relying on government funding. Its core roles are to deliver public transport telecommunications and manage railway land not used for rail services.
Tenders are invited from suitably qualified organisations keen to collaborate with VicTrack on reshaping the Alphington Station Precinct.