We’ve heard how important it is to make it easier and safer for the local community to get to and from Watsonia station and shops as part of North East Link.
Community feedback has helped make major changes including:
A new green bridge would connect Elder Street to both sides of Greensborough Road and the station carpark. The green bridge would provide two-way access for cars, buses, bikes and walkers and space for planting to extend the green look and feel of Elder Street and the power line easement.
The footpath along the power line easement would be moved to connect better with the new green bridge crossing.
A new multi-level carpark would deliver a major upgrade and around 60 extra parking spaces.
A new ‘quick drop zone’ would also provide extra space for drop-offs and pick-ups.
A new bus stop on Watsonia Road close to the station entry would make it quicker and easier to move between trains and buses.
The new bus stop would replace the stop on Morwell Avenue and create a central transport hub linking the shops, the station, the upgraded parking lot and existing bike lockers.
New paths would improve access to the station for walkers and bike riders. Signalised crossings at Greensborough Road, Watsonia Road and Elder Street would make moving around on foot or bike safer and easier.
As part of the project design for North East Link, we’ve moved a set of transmission towers from Watsonia station carpark to the power line easement in Frensham Reserve. Moving the towers will make space to build North East Link, an upgraded Greensborough Road and improve parking at Watsonia station. The new transmission towers are about 80m away from their original location and works were completed in March 2021.