Revitalisation of Melton South

Melton Railway Station was built in 1884, as part of a regional rail line that serviced a sparse local population.

Issues

In recent decades, Melton’s population has grown exponentially, as has patronage of the  rail service. To cater for this growth, additional car parking has been incrementally added in  the absence of an overarching precinct plan.  The station and its surrounds look bleak, and were last renovated 20 years ago. There are limited plantings, colour or urban design features on site, and large areas of the car park have  no trees.

Rationale

The ultimate electrification of the rail line to Melton will include a full re-build of Melton station and some of its surrounding areas.  In the meantime, there are a range of low cost project opportunities available to revitalise  the amenity of the station precinct.

There are also a number of recent, current  or imminent projects that need an integrated approach to the revitalisation of the precinct, including:

  • Adding 270 car spaces (VicTrack)
  • The recent upgrade of the adjacent  northern shopping centre (Coles)
  •  Upgrading the Ballarat Line (MMRA)
  • Beautifying the public realm (Council)
  • Preparation and implementation of a  structure plan for Melton South (Council)

Opportunity

Melbourne’s growth planning is focused on public transport. The quality of rail  services and stations in growth areas is crucial  to improving access to public transport. 

Car use in Melton is still high, and opportunities to increase rail patronage exist. 

The duplication of the line will lead to further public demand for rail services. It is important that this demand is managed appropriately.

The railway station is a key anchor point for  the Melton township, and also draws residents from a number of nearby rapidly growing greenfield estates. Currently, Melton Railway Station is the only rail transit point for the western part of the municipality.

No precinct masterplan, which would ensure that works carried out over time contribute towards a shared vision for the entire precinct, has ever existed. This has led to reactive improvements with limited urban design, planning or investment, and created a fragmented unattractive station precinct. 

Key priorities

  • Form a joint working group to oversee integrated planning within the precinct.
  • Undertake a precinct master planning process relating to the upgrade of the line (stabling, new station, etc), that factors in interim and ultimate plans for the overall site.
  • Propose and prioritise a suite of short term public realm projects that will lift the general amenity of the precinct.
  • Identify and negotiate funding sources for proposed works.

Potential project partners

  • Melton City Council
  • VicTrack
  • Coles
  • PTV
  • MMRA
  • Victoria Police
  •  Justice Services
  • Building Melton South community group
  • Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation
  • CaLM