Image of the completed Marrickville Railway Station Upgrade by Transport NSW

Image of the completed Marrickville Railway Station Upgrade by Transport NSW. Note the shadows on Station Street where there are currently no trees. Perhaps they plan to plant street trees in this location.

Some good news for residents.  It’s finally happening.  Transport NSW has released the plans for the upgrade of Marrickville Railway Station.  The works will take 3-years with completion expected in 2016.

I had a look through the document & like the following points –

  • This station will become accessible to everyone with the inclusion of two lifts to service both platforms.
  • There will be a family-accessible toilet.
  • There will be anti-throw screens, improved lighting & CCTV to cut down the risk of crime.
  • The 8 Brushbox & Crepe myrtle trees along the concourse on Platform 2 will be retained if possible.
  • Existing vegetation, except for the trees near the stairs & the street tree on Illawarra Road, will be retained with further landscaping design done later.
  • They will retain ground-level access to Station Street.
  • Space will be given for sheltered bike racks in area covered by CCTV or high passive surveillance.
  • The bottom part of Station Street will be a shared pedestrian zone.
  • They are planning to reuse up to 90% of waste from site preparation & construction to prevent waste going to landfill.
  • They intend to ensure 100% of spoil material is beneficially used.
  • There will be waterless urinals. I don’t know how that works, but it sounds good.
  • There will be taps that cannot be left running.
  • There will be naturally ventilated buildings.
  • 95% of timber used is recycled or Forest Stewardship Council Certified.
  • They are looking to how it can be a market on the weekend.  I assume this is Station Street.
  • They will provide shade with vegetation on the concourse, platform, parking areas & pedestrian pathways.
  • They will provide signage about the heritage of the area.
  • They will investigate tree-planting opportunities in Station Street.
  • Platforms will be extended up to 14 & 19-metres, so plenty of room to add beauty.
  • They will be creating a full archive of the current station, including photographs for future generations.

I’m not fond of  –

  • Tree removal on Platform 2 – a group of trees at the western end of the platform & one on Illawarra Road are to be removed.  However, to do the works, these trees will have to be removed.
  • There are to be up to 6 taxi spaces on Station Street. There is a Taxi Stand on Byrnes Street next to the old RSL space that is next to the railway line – 170-metres away.  To put another taxi stand on Station Street will negatively impact on the availability of parking that helps the shops & cafes in the immediate area.
  • The dark grey colour of the buildings.

Of interest –

  • Traffic along Illawarra Road outside the station in 2005 was 17,500 per day.  Anyone who lives or drives here knows that traffic has significantly increased since then.

Transport NSW has prepared an interesting & very comprehensive report covering such diverse topics as climate change, biodiversity, local heritage & Aboriginal heritage should anything be found.  You can download the report here – http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-tap/current-works/marrickville

There are numerous other documents for those who want a fuller picture.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 20th May 2013.  Railway Station upgrades are few & far between, so it is in the community’s best interest to put in a submission regarding any concerns you may have.

Transport NSW image of the upgrade seen from Station Street.

Transport NSW image of the upgrade seen from Station Street.

Transport NSW image of the Railway Station from the shopping strip on the southern side of Illawarra Road.

Transport NSW image of the Railway Station from the shopping strip on the southern side of Illawarra Road.

 

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